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East Africa in the 50's

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What was it like for a young English family to live and work in British East Africa in the fifties? Here the exotic scene is vividly recaptured. Domestic details, social and racial relations, political events, shopping, scandal, all serve to bring to life the confusion and uncertainty of those last few years of colonial rule. The historic movement towards independence was rapidly gathering momentum but the University College at Makere still seemed to many a center of hope for the whole of East Africa. This hope ...

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Overview

What was it like for a young English family to live and work in British East Africa in the fifties? Here the exotic scene is vividly recaptured. Domestic details, social and racial relations, political events, shopping, scandal, all serve to bring to life the confusion and uncertainty of those last few years of colonial rule. The historic movement towards independence was rapidly gathering momentum but the University College at Makere still seemed to many a center of hope for the whole of East Africa. This hope was excessive, as the world now knows, most dramatically, from the appalling example of Idi Amin. The author has had dealings with all manner of people in Makere—Governors, Africans, settlers, Asians, colonial officers, missionaries, and he recalls these people as they were, not as the political and racial stereotypes common both then and now. He paints a vivid and contrasting picture of East Africa in the fifties, visiting incense-scented Asian dukas, talking with Chagga coffee-growers on the slopes of Kilimanjaro, chatting with his Cambridge-educated Kabaka whose palace towers the villages of Kampala, and having tea in the garden with students.

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Colman and his wife, with their infant son, went out to the University College of East Africa (Makerere) in 1953; their daughter was born there. First as Warden of Northcote Hall then as director of Extra- Mural Studies and member of the Board of the East African Institute of Social Research, he was well placed to observe the rush towards independence for Kenya, Tanganyika, Uganda and Zanzibar. He describes domestic details, social and racial relations, political events, shopping, and scandal. Distributed by St. Martin's Press. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781860642357
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/15/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.86 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Sidney Coleman has been both a warden and Director of Extra-Mural Studies at the University College of East Africa at Makere, a member of the Board of the East African Institute of Social Research. He and his wife have recently retired to England.

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Table of Contents

Preface
• The Arrival Not the Journey Matters
• Learning Fast
• Moonflowers and Chameleons
• Living Exotically
• Ceremonial Occasions
• Wildlife and Diseases
• Firearms, Settlers, Milk, and Sex
• Uncommon Tasks
• "Elephants Have Right of Way"
• Time to Leave
• Appendix
• Index

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