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The U.S. State Department Central Files are the definitive source of American diplomatic reporting on political, military, social, and economic developments throughout the world in the 20th century. Concentrating exclusively on those Central Files that have not been microfilmed by the National Archives or other publishers, UPA's microfilm editions of the Central Files nonetheless dwarf the State Department's very selective volumes of the Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS). Containing less than one percent of the material in the Central Files, FRUS focuses on U.S. relations with individual countries but does not include coverage of many of the key topics to which the majority of the original files are devoted. Each part of the Central Files contains a wide range of materials from U.S. diplomats in foreign countries: special reports on political and military affairs; studies and statistics on socioeconomic matters; interviews and minutes of meetings with foreign government officials; court proceedings and other legal documents; full texts of important letters, instructions, and cables sent and received by U.S. diplomatic personnel; voluminous reports and translations from foreign journals and newspapers; and countless translations of high-level foreign government documents. In postwar Nigeria, the State Department observed the organization of political parties along ethnic and regional lines. The new Richards Constitution created a Legislative Council with separate houses to handle local matters in three regions; its unforeseen effect was to intensify regionalism as an alternative to national unity. The Central Files for Uganda record protests and rioting by young educated Bugandans, leading to resignations and even deportations of tribal chiefs through whom Britain had indirectly ruled the traditional kingdom of Buganda.
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