It is the irony of history that, despite the spectacular accomplishments of the Western European industrial revolution and the agricultural revolution before it, most of mankind is still faced with the more pr'imitive problem of how to eke out a living from the soil. From the amount of knowledge and technological expertise that exists, one would have expected that appropriate solutions would be readily attainable. But yet not: recent history in underdeveloped countries belies such facile assumptions. If anything development elsewhere has proved more of a liability than an asset to the late-starters. Not only is the way ahead blocked by entrenched vested interests, but also vision is obscured by certain historically determined belief systems and perceptual categories. Nothing illustrates this point of view more vividly than the evolution of land policy and development in Buganda (Uganda).

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Mafeje, A. (1973). Agrarian revolution and the land question in Buganda (No. 32). ISS Occasional Papers. Retrieved from