Histories of the Hanged: The Dirty War in Kenya and the End of Empire

Histories of the Hanged: The Dirty War in Kenya and the End of Empire

by David Anderson
     
 

ISBN-10: 039332754X

ISBN-13: 9780393327540

Pub. Date: 10/17/2005

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

"A remarkable account of Britain's last stand in Kenya. This is imperial history at its very best."--John Hope Franklin
In "a gripping narrative that is all but impossible to put down" (Joseph C. Miller), Histories of the Hanged exposes the long-hidden colonial crimes of the British in Kenya. This groundbreaking work tells how the brutal war between the colonial…  See more details below

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"A remarkable account of Britain's last stand in Kenya. This is imperial history at its very best."--John Hope Franklin
In "a gripping narrative that is all but impossible to put down" (Joseph C. Miller), Histories of the Hanged exposes the long-hidden colonial crimes of the British in Kenya. This groundbreaking work tells how the brutal war between the colonial government and the insurrectionist Mau Mau between 1952 and 1960 dominated the final bloody decade of imperialism in East Africa. Using extraordinary new evidence, David Anderson puts the colonial government on trial with eyewitness testimony from over 800 court cases and previously unseen archives. His research exonerates the Kikuyu rebels; hardly the terrorists they were thought to be; and reveals the British to be brutal aggressors in a "dirty war" that involved leaders at the highest ranks of the British government. This astonishing piece of scholarship portrays a teetering colonial empire in its final phase; employing whatever military and propaganda methods it could to preserve an order that could no longer hold.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393327540
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
10/17/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
518,492
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue : the hanged1
1The hidden history of an anti-colonial rebellion9
2Burying the past54
3'Parasites in paradise' : race, violence and Mau Mau77
4Death at Lari : the story of an African massacre119
5Struggles in the city : Mau Mau in Nairobi181
6General China's war : freedom fighters in the forests230
7Crimes of punishment : law and disorder in Kikuyuland289
8Spoils of war : decolonizing Kenya, memorializing Mau Mau328

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