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Title:Political science and social commitment in the first Republic of Uganda: a personal interpretation
Author:Mazrui, Ali A.ISNI
Periodical:Kenya Historical Review
Geographic term:Uganda
Subjects:political science
political history
higher education
Abstract:The author arrived in Uganda as a Makerere lecture in June 1963 - a few months after independence (October 9, 1962) but prior to republican politics (1963: replacement of the British Governor-General by President Sir Edward Mutesa, or 1967: Obote Constitution). He resigned from Makerere in 1973 (January 25, 1971: Idi Amin Dada). This essay looks at those years as a unit of academic history in a personal perspective. This article lies at the crossroads which link political biography, political history and the history of higher education in a particular African country. This essay in part presents the political biography of a department of political science in an African country in its first decade of independence. Focus is explicitly on the area of interaction between political science at Makerere and public affairs in Obote's Uganda. Central to this interaction in the first Republic of Uganda is the personality of President A. Milton Obote himself in relation to the Department and more specifically to its head. The essay touches briefly upon the changes in the relationship between politics and political science after the coup of January 1971. Notes.