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Teso Society through the Twentieth Century

Ben Jones

in Beyond the State in Rural Uganda

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780748635184
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652990 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635184.003.0003
Teso Society through the Twentieth Century

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This chapter discusses the history of the Teso region and shows that the marginal nature of things in the present was a departure from the past. Teso's significance as a cotton-producing region in the first half of the twentieth century linked it into international markets, while tax collection and local government administration brought the state down to the village. The chapter also discusses the Teso Insurgency – the most important event of recent years – a time when the social and economic fabric of Teso society broke down.

Keywords: Teso region; cotton production; international markets; tax collection; local government administration; state; village; insurgency

Chapter.  15082 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: African Studies

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