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Title:The Moving Frontier of British Colonialism in Northern Uganda, 1898-1919
Author:Barber, J.P.
Periodical:Uganda Journal (ISSN 0041-574X)
Geographic term:Uganda
Subjects:colonial policy
History and Exploration
Abstract:This article deals with the policies of the several British administrators in Uganda with regard to British control across northern Uganda where Macdonald by his treaties and Martyr by his posts since 1898 had extended British commitments and had opened two possible lines of administrative advance north. This was the situation that Sir Harry Johnston inherited in 1899 when he became Special Commissioner. After Johnston's departure in 1901 the expansionist policy in the north ended to be replaced by that of the 'concentrators', notably Hesketh Bell. This meant restriction of the administered area, eventually transfer of large tracts of N. Uganda to neighbouring British controlled territories. In 1910 and 1911 came the decision to extend control across the north, because the north could be ignored no longer. Much of the lawlessness, tribal fighting and ivory poaching that forced the decision can be laid at the feet of 'the concentrators' who had not been prepared to accept the responsibilities inherent in John-stones northern expansion.