Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist

A History of Modern Uganda


Award Winner
  • Author: Richard J. Reid, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
  • Date Published: March 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107671126

£ 19.99

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Hardback, eBook

Looking for an inspection copy?

This title is not currently available on inspection

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • This book is the first major study in several decades to consider Uganda as a nation, from its precolonial roots to the present day. Here, Richard J. Reid examines the political, economic, and social history of Uganda, providing a unique and wide-ranging examination of its turbulent and dynamic past for all those studying Uganda's place in African history and African politics. Reid identifies and examines key points of rupture and transition in Uganda's history, emphasising dramatic political and social change in the precolonial era, especially during the nineteenth century, and he also examines the continuing repercussions of these developments in the colonial and postcolonial periods. By considering the ways in which historical culture and consciousness has been ever present - in political discourse, art and literature, and social relationships - Reid defines the true extent of Uganda's viable national history.

    • Adopts a long-term view of Ugandan history to explain modern issues in perspective
    • Ranges across a number of disciplines, including political, cultural, social, and economic history, making thematic connections throughout
    • Examines Uganda in terms of 'nation' and 'national history', enabling readers to consider Uganda as a more coherent space in historical perspective than before
    Read more


    • Winner, 2017 Choice Outstanding Academic Title

    Reviews & endorsements

    'An exceptional book, which seeks to restore the nation as a focus of historical enquiry in Africa. Reid reframes Uganda's history, moving away from standard narratives of ethnic and sectarian division, and identifying alternative unifying themes - the political creativity, and inequity, stimulated by violence; migration as a source of uneasy integration at best, deepening chauvinism at worst; and the enduring significance of the precolonial period. This reflective, erudite study sheds new light on the uneven creation of a nation, formed through the organic, internal, autogenerative processes of political and social affiliation, as much as the externally-imposed architecture of borders and flags.' Shane Doyle, Director of the Leeds University Centre for African Studies (LUCAS)

    'From Kintu the first man on earth and founder of the Buganda kingdom to Kiprotich the 2012 Olympic marathon winner, Reid constantly confronts past and present with a fine disregard for chronology to prove that a national history is possible for even the most divided of nations. Product of an unequal political geography centuries old and of a botched British decolonisation, ruined times over by military adventurers since, Uganda is nonetheless tied together by lively cultures of personal ambition, networks of social mobility, and artistic creativity. This is a tour de force, based as much on sharp-eyed fieldwork as on archival and bibliographic mastery.' John Lonsdale, Centre of African Studies, University of Cambridge

    'A History of Modern Uganda elegantly offers both a much needed overview of Uganda's history that is grounded in its deeper past and shows the ways that history reverberates into the present. By consistently and very effectively pulling the north and east into dialogue with the south and west, Reid powerfully makes the case for a national history that predates the Uganda Agreement of 1900, all while demonstrating the transformative nature of the twentieth century.' Rhiannon Stephens, Columbia University, New York

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107671126
    • length: 428 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • contains: 8 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Explanations, apologies and acknowledgements
    List of maps
    Prologue: a view from the museum
    1. Refractions: beholding Uganda
    2. Pensive nation: the age of blood and rebirth
    3. Rukidi's children: the trials and tribulations of Kabalega and Mwanga
    4. The adventures of Zigeye and Atuk: the age of opportunity and disparity
    5. Kings and others: history and modernity
    Epilogue: managing time and space
    Sources and bibliography

  • Author

    Richard J. Reid, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
    Richard J. Reid is Head of the Department of History and Professor of the History of Africa at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is the author of several books, including Frontiers of Violence in Northeast Africa (2011) and Warfare in African History (Cambridge, 2012).


    • Winner, 2017 Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.