Kenya

Overview

Many anthropologists believe the human species originated in Kenya's Great Rift Valley, where hominid skulls more than 2 million years old have been discovered. That fact alone would make Kenya an important place. But this East African nation has many other extraordinary characteristics: diverse terrain, a remarkable variety of plant and animal life, and a fascinating blend of cultures and languages among its people.

The political system in Kenya is far from ideal. Historically,...

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Overview

Many anthropologists believe the human species originated in Kenya's Great Rift Valley, where hominid skulls more than 2 million years old have been discovered. That fact alone would make Kenya an important place. But this East African nation has many other extraordinary characteristics: diverse terrain, a remarkable variety of plant and animal life, and a fascinating blend of cultures and languages among its people.

The political system in Kenya is far from ideal. Historically, government corruption has been a major problem. However, the country adopted a new constitution in 2010 and is considered one of the most stable in Africa. Kenya has a free press and multiple political parties that compete in national elections. The country has also been fortunate to escape the chaos that has affected many neighboring countries in East Africa.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781422221808
  • Publisher: Mason Crest Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2011
  • Series: Evolution of Africa's Major Nations Series
  • Pages: 79
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.24 (w) x 8.08 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Robert I. Rotberg 6

Cradle of Humankind 11

From Nomads to Nationalists 19

Stability, Corruption, and Democracy 29

Striving for Economic Recovery 37

One Nation, Many Cultures 47

A Tour of the Cities 59

A Calendar of Kenyan Festivals 66

Recipes 68

Glossary 70

Project and Report Ideas 72

Chronology 74

Further Reading/Internet Resources 76

For More Information 77

Index 78

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