In This Review

Politics of Decolonization: Kenya Europeans and the Land Issue 1960-1965
Politics of Decolonization: Kenya Europeans and the Land Issue 1960-1965
By Gary Wasserman
Cambridge University Press, 1976, 225 pp
Politics and Class Formation in Uganda
Politics and Class Formation in Uganda
By Mahmood Mamdani
Monthly Review Press, 1976, 339 pp

Each of these studies makes use of intensive historical analysis to explain the continuing dependence of former colonies on the metropole. Wasserman's account of the "co-optation" of the Kenyan nationalist elite into the capitalist agricultural economy of the whites offers a solid basis for understanding the various reinforcing layers of European influence in Kenya today. Mamdani's work shows how the economic structure of Uganda was determined by the needs of the mother country; but his typologies about class obscure more than they illuminate what is happening in Uganda today.