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A collection of ancient kingdoms were combined to from a British protectorate in 1893. Independence was achieved in 1962. The ethnic strife under the rule of Idi Amin lasted from 1971 to 1980.

Background Notes: Uganda
A useful potted history is included with these US Department of State Background Notes on Uganda. Also included is a range of political, economic, and geographical data, as well as information on its people, defense, and relations with the US.

Uganda - Library of Congress Country Studies
The Library of Congress Country Study for Uganda provides an excellent and fairly detailed history of the country. This information was originally compiled for the US Department of Army in case of potential deployment -- examining the historical, social, economic, and political background the country. (The only problem with this site is the awkwardness of navigating so many pages.)

Uganda History from Lonely Planet
A quirky, colloquial presentation of Uganda’s history presented by LonelyPlanet.com. Makes awfully good reading and may galvanize your interest in Africa’s regional history. Not only suitable for travelers.

Uganda - a Country Profile from the BBC
An extremely brief historical overview accompanies this BBC Country Profile of Uganda. Of particular interest are the simplified regional map (see where the country is in Africa), a photograph of Uganda’s current Chief of State, and details about the countries media.

Timeline for Uganda from the BBC
A chronology of important events in the history of Uganda given by year (and for more recent events by month also).

CIA World Fact Book: Uganda
A useful map and a range of geographical, political, and economic facts which are mostly up-to-date. Unfortunately this country profile lacks historical information (except for independence date), but the population statistics are probably the best available.

Uganda's Chief of State and Cabinet Ministers
Updated weekly, this list of Uganda's Chief of State and Cabinet Ministers is provided by the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States of America.

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