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Idi Amin: The Story of Africa's Icon of Evil

Mark Leopold


Idi Amin began his career in the British army in colonial Uganda and worked his way up the ranks before seizing power in a British-backed coup in 1971. He built a violent and unstable dictatorship, ruthlessly eliminating perceived enemies and expelling Uganda's Asian population as the country plunged into social and economic chaos. This book places Amin's military background and close relationship with the British state at the heart of the story. It traces the interwoven development of Amin's career and his popular image as an almost supernaturally evil monster, demonstrating the impossibility ... More

Keywords: Idi Amin, British army, dictatorship, colonial Uganda, dictator, British colonial rule, imperialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780300154399
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300154399.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Leopold, author
University of Sussex