Colonial chiefs in a stateless society: a case-study from Northern Uganda

  title={Colonial chiefs in a stateless society: a case-study from Northern Uganda},
  author={John Tosh},
  journal={The Journal of African History},
  pages={473 - 490}
  • J. Tosh
  • Published 1 July 1973
  • History, Political Science
  • The Journal of African History
From the point of view of both practical administration and Indirect Rule theory, non-centralized peoples posed acute problems for British administrators in Africa. The Lango people of Uganda were an especially difficult case, since their social organization was highly fragmented and lacked even the cohesiveness of a segmentary lineage system. The first government chiefs, appointed from 1912 onwards, represented a measure of continuity with the pre-colonial order, since they were nearly all… 

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