oa East African Geographical Review - Towards the definition of patterns in the distribution of economic development over East Africa

Volume 1969, Issue 7
  • ISSN : 1937-6812



The aim of the following discussion is to descriptionbe the outlines of a problem for geographical analysis. It is not the object to conduct any such analysis at this time. The problem is to define the distribution of development over East Africa more precisely than has been the case hitherto. At first sight this does not seem to be much of a problem at all. Even the most casual observer travelling through the length and breadth of Uganda. Kenya and Tanzania could hardly fail to be struck by the manifest differences in the cultural landscape over the area. Though over large tracts of country the economic and social attainments of the resident populations are of a low order of sophistication, the level of economic growth and modernisation often alters quite quickly from place to place. In one area the impact made by human habitation appears limited to small clusters of impermanent dwellings, while a few miles away all the technical resources and social organisation of modem man have clearly been at work in building and maintaining a highly developed centre of occupance and activity.

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