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Kenya is one of Africa’s most important and controversial nations. It has simultaneously been heralded for its political stability and economic success and criticized as a wellspring of elitism and class exploitation. Kenya remains a close ally of the West and a symbol of capitalism in Africa, and it occupies a position of strategic importance to the Middle East and the Indian Ocean. Yet all of these distinctions are now coming under question in the fourth decade of independence.Kenya’s exquisite natural beauty and renowned wildlife refuges hide a more mundane reality. The country is vast, rural, poor, and without oil or other mineral wealth. It is dependent on smallholder agriculture and export earnings from international tourism, tea, and coffee. Although the population is only 28 million, less than 20 percent of Kenya’s land area is readily available for dense human settlement. Population growth has slowed, but demographic pressures still pose very serious socioeconomic, ecological, and environmental challenges.In this second edition of a critically acclaimed profile, Miller and Yeager address these and other social issues while tracing political and economic developments from early precolonial times to the contemporary period and the recent fourth-term reelection of President Daniel arap Moi. The book captures the aggressive, self-confident spirit that characterizes Kenya and provides unique insights into how this nation of contemporary Africa is faring in its continuing quest for prosperity.
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Norman Miller is professor at Dartmouth College and president of the African-Caribbean Institute. Rodger Yeager is professor of political science, adjunct professor of African history, and director of international studies at West Virginia University. Norman Miller is professor at Dartmouth College and president of the African-Caribbean Institute. Rodger Yeager is professor of political science, adjunct professor of African history, and director of international studies at West Virginia University.
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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Illustrations
Introduction 1
1 The Colonial Legacy 7
Beginnings 7
The European Penetration, 1880-1915 10
World War I in Eastern Africa 15
The Interwar Years 18
World War II and the Mau Mau Period 23
The Transition to Independence 29
Conclusions: Reflections on an Age 33
2 Independence: The Kenyatta Era 37
The Transition Years, 1963-1968 38
The Middle Years, 1969-1974 45
The Later Years: A Turbulent Monarchy 50
Conclusions: The Kenyatta Era in Perspective 58
3 Ecology and Society in Modern Kenya 61
Demographic and Environmental Dilemmas 62
Issues of Ethnicity Class, and Gender 72
Issues of Social Infrastructure and Value Change 86
Conclusions: The Significance of Land 94
4 Modern Politics: The Moi Era 97
The First Five Years, 1978-1982 98
Years of Turbulence, 1988-1987 103
Repression and Renewal, 1988-1992 105
The Political Stakes in Modern Kenya 116
Conclusions: Stability and Reform 122
5 Modern Economic Realities 125
The Political Economy of Growth and Recession 127
Sectoral Performance in the 1980s and Early 1990s 130
Macroeconomic Perspectives on Multinationalism 152
Conclusions: The Consequences of Kenyan Capitalism 157
6 The International Dimension 161
African Relations 162
Relations Outside Africa 169
Relations with International Organizations 174
The Politics of Foreign Aid 175
Conclusions: Kenya and the World 178
7 Kenya at the Crossroads of Development 181
Notes 185
Selected Bibliography 223
Acronyms 233
About the Book and Authors 235
Index 237
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