Uganda is one of the most fascinating countries in Africa. Situated in the middle of the Great Lakes region of Eastern Africa, it is home to diverse flora and fauna. Little wonder Winston Churchill famously named it “the Pearl of Africa”. Neighbored by South Sudan, DRC, Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda, Uganda claims the source of the River Nile and a larger share of Victoria, Africa’s largest lake. Uganda’s capital, Kampala is famous for hosting many international conferences and summits including the 2007 Commonwealth Head of Government Meeting. Uganda is witnessing rapid development, overseen by Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Museveni who has served as president since 1986, making him the longest serving leader in Uganda. Museveni came to power on the backdrop of a 5-year guerilla struggle that toppled the regimes of Milton Obote and the military junta of Tito Okello Lutwa.
Historical Dictionary of Uganda, Second Edition, covers the history of Uganda using a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, and a bibliography. The dictionary section covers many entries on politics, economy, foreign affairs, religion, society, culture, and important personalities. The book provides a quick access for researchers, students, tourists, and anyone interesting in learning about Uganda.
Joseph Kasule is currently a fellow at MISR, Makerere University, doing interdisciplinary research on Uganda. His new book Islam in Uganda: The Muslim Minority, Nationalism & Political Power, discusses the complex dynamics of Muslims’ subsistence under non-Muslim power.
The first Historical Dictionary of Uganda was published in 1995; this second edition significantly augments the first with 27 years of data and a detailed map showing all district boundaries. The restructured bibliography provides more detailed subject categories. Previous sections on Ugandan history were combined under the heading "General," and a new category, "Politics," covers both domestic and foreign relations and the law. The section "Economics" compiles publications on development and poverty; finance and banking; foreign aid and investment; and the specific sectors of mining, communications, commerce, and industry. "Society" adds content on religion and philosophy, demographics, and sports, retaining older headings for education, women, anthropology, and sociology. "Culture" covers archaeology, architecture, the arts and cinema, language, theater, literature, folklore, music, and media and publishing. A very brief list of relevant websites completes the volume. Appendixes list all commissioners and governors of the East Africa Protectorate/Uganda from 1893 to independence in 1962, the presidents of Uganda from 1962 to 2021, and sample economic data. Recommended. General readers through faculty.