Not all King’s Men present the modern, political history of the kingdom of Ankole in Western Uganda, essentially the period from 1901 to 1971. Based on extensive fieldwork and analysis of original sources, the book offers a detailed exploration of the development of ethnic conflict and of the erosion of kingship as a center and meaningful institution. Its main thesis is that Ankole’s new social-political order and the inequality this implied were fundamentally congruent with the premises and format of the colonial state.
As the first comprehensive account of Ankole politics during the present century , Not All The King’s Men makes an important contribution to the existing literature that has dealt more extensively with adjacent Buganda and other inter-lacustrine kingdoms in East Africa. The book is of interest to students concerned with African political change and to readers generally interested in the dynamics of ethic protest, inequality, and local-level politics and institutions.
Martin R. Doornbos, one-time Fellow 0f the Makerere Institute of Research, is a staff-member of the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague. He has published widely on issues of African development and has recently co-edited, with Lionel Cliffe and James Coleman, a collection of essays on Government and Rural Development in East Africa (1977).
Contents: Local Politics in Uganda: A background – State and Society in Nkole Colonial Incorporation and Instruments of control-posttest and Accommodation in Ankole Politics- Ethnicity and Kingship as Politics Factors- Appendix-Note-Bibliography-Index.