The Uganda people's defense force : portraying regional strength while perpetuating internal instability
Mason, Sarah Beth.
Thesis (M.A.L.S.)--Georgetown University, 2010.; Includes bibliographical references.; Text (Electronic thesis) in PDF format. In many nations, an examination of its military history can also serve as a guide for the political history of that nation. This is best exhibited on the African continent where military coups remain a common occurrence and where the only realistic chance of an opposition group taking power is not through free, democratic elections, but through guerilla warfare.; The small, but strategically located African nation of Uganda is an example of a nation whose military history is almost indistinguishable from its political history. Whoever has control of the military also has political control and holds the reigns of power over the nation. In Uganda, military history is a contentious issue and one that is interwoven into the fabric of national identity. From August 27, 1894, the day the British declared Uganda a protectorate, up to the present day, the military, today known as the Uganda People's Defense Force ("UPDF"), continues to be a subject of national pride, but more often, it conjures up feelings of embarrassment, confusion, abuse, divisionism, and concern. This is partly due to the fact that the military in Uganda has had a reputation of brutality throughout its history, but it is also due to the questionable motivations and souring reputation of the UPDF.
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