Review from ROAPE Volume 8 Number 22
Imperialism and Revolution in Uganda (Nabudere)

Imperialism and Revolution in Uganda by D W Nabudere
Vol.8 No.22 (Winter 1981), pp103-108
Dan Nabudere has been a political activist during different regimes and in exile had time to reflect on the destruction of the productive capacity of Uganda while he taught at the University of Dar Es Salaam. From the table of contents the book promises to survey the impact of colonialism and resistance, neo-colonialism and revolution, the impact of the colonial economy on the rise of the working class, the rise of the National Democratic Revolution, the politics of dictatorship, and the neo-colonial economy, with particular emphasis on agriculture, commerce and finance. An epilogue attempts to bring the analysis up-to-date covering the period 1977-1980 when the author was ousted from political leadership by the May 1980 coup d'etat. Yet, despite the impressive outline of the study the book suffers from three basic weaknesses: