The 1964 Army Mutinies And The Making Of Modern East Africa

Hardcover | March 31, 2003

byTimothy Parsons

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The roots of the 1964 army mutinies in Tanganyika, Uganda, and Kenya were firmly rooted in the colonial past when economic and strategic necessity forced the former British territorial governments to rely on Africans for defense and internal security. As the only group in colonial society with access to weapons and military training, the African soldiery was a potential threat to the security of British rule. Colonial authorities maintained control over African soldiers by balancing the significant rewards of military service with social isolation, harsh discipline, and close political surveillance. After independence, civilian pay levels out-paced army wages, thereby tarnishing the prestige of military service. As compensation, veteran African soldiers expected commissions and improved terms of service when the new governments "Africanized" the civil service. They grew increasingly upset when African politicians proved unwilling and unable to meet their demands. Yet the creation of new democratic societies removed most of the restrictive regulations that had disciplined colonial African soldiers. Lacking the financial resources and military expertise to create new armies, the independent African governments had to retain the basic structure and character of the inherited armies. Soldiers in Tanganyika, Uganda, and Kenya mutinied in rapid succession during the last week of January 1964 because their governments could no longer maintain the delicate balance of coercion and concessions that had kept the colonial soldiery in check. The East African mutinies demonstrate that the propensity of an African army to challenge civil authority was directly tied to its degree of integration intopostcolonial society.

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The roots of the 1964 army mutinies in Tanganyika, Uganda, and Kenya were firmly rooted in the colonial past when economic and strategic necessity forced the former British territorial governments to rely on Africans for defense and internal security. As the only group in colonial society with access to weapons and military training, t...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 9.62 × 6.1 × 0.93 inPublished:March 31, 2003Publisher:Praeger PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0325070687

ISBN - 13:9780325070681

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?Parson's book is a well-researched, very solid study of the causes and impact of the unrest in 1964. His use of interviews with informants actually involved in the events (not easy to obtain) and his discussion of other theories about the events is very useful and informative....belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in civil-military relations and coups in postcolonial Africa.??International Journal of African Historical Studies