Landed Obligation: The Practice of Power in Buganda (Social History of Africa)

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Focusing on love's importance to power, Hanson suggests new interpretations of the history of Buganda. She traces an African habit of thought--the idea that people ought to be tied by bonds of affection--to show how people used this idea to knot together a kingdom and criticize colonial practices of power. Scholars and students of Buganda, as well as readers intrigued by comparative study of social structure, power, and power's practices in Africa, will find Hanson's vital analysis extremely valuable.

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Holly Elisabeth Hanson is Assistant Professor, Department of History, Mt. Holyoke College.

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"In this carefully researched and gracefully written account, Hanson fundamentally questions a number of received truths of Buganda history."-Thomas Spear Professor of History University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Through her innovative reading of sources and her focus on the association between love and power, Holly Hansen has produced a strikingly original interpretation of Buganda's history. Insightful and provocative, the book provides a new perspective on the East African past and a path-breaking model for future historians."-Iris Berger Professor of History State University of New York-Albany

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