The Mau Mau War In Perspective

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The book breaks new ground in following the story of the participants of the rural movement during the decade after the defeat of the Mau Mau. New archival sources and interviews provide exciting material on the mechanics of the sociology of decolonisation and on the containment of rural radicalism in Kenya. For the first time an account of decolonisation in Kenya based on primary sources is offered to the reader.

The Mau Mau was militarily crushed in the mid-fifties, but the ...

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Overview

The book breaks new ground in following the story of the participants of the rural movement during the decade after the defeat of the Mau Mau. New archival sources and interviews provide exciting material on the mechanics of the sociology of decolonisation and on the containment of rural radicalism in Kenya. For the first time an account of decolonisation in Kenya based on primary sources is offered to the reader.

The Mau Mau was militarily crushed in the mid-fifties, but the struggle for land rights was only contained in the post-independence era of Kenya. Kikuyu squatters on European estates who formed the backbone of this movement are the main subject of this book.

Furedi's account considers how the radicalisation of rural protest in the so-called White Highlands led to the Mau Mau explosion and how it was sustained during the subsequent fifteen years.

The book establishes a focus for the discussion of these critical events through exploring the relationship between rural resistance and decolonisation. The author argues that the main issue facing post-colonial policies in Kenya was to resolve the problems raised by the Mau Mau revolt.

Written from an interdisciplinary perspective, with a special emphasis on historical and political sociology, this book is aimed at students of African politics, and political sociologists interested in rural revolution and revolt.

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Exploring the relationship between rural resistance and decolonization, Furedi (developmental studies, U. of Kent at Canterbury) takes advantage of new archival sources and interviews to clarify the agrarian resistance movement of Kenya's White Highlands of the 1950s. Paper edition (unseen), $15.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821409411
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1989
  • Series: Eastern African Studies
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 990,136
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements x
Abbreviations xi
Glossary of Kikuyu and Swahili terms xiii
Maps xiv
Part I Introduction 3
The argument 4
The Kikuyu squatter 9
Historical specification 14
Research method and scope of the study 18
Notes 20
1 The Squatter Time Bomb 22
The consolidation of the White Highlands 23
The limits of settler power 28
The final assertion of settler power 31
Notes 37
2 A Community Living on Borrowed Time 40
Who were the squatters? 41
The emergence of squatter society 45
A community under siege 47
The issues that shaped squatter resistance 52
A community on the frontier 60
Notes 71
3 The Politicization of the Squatter Communities 75
Early political influences 76
The crystallization of the squatter movement 78
The Olenguruone factor 80
The resistance on the farms 83
The politicization of the movement 88
Uneasy alliance 90
The new militants 92
Notes 99
4 The Split: The Emergence of Mau Mau 103
The growth of militant nationalism 104
The emergence of Mau Mau 109
Towards armed resistance 112
The state counter-offensive 115
Revolt and repression 118
The break-up of the squatter community 120
Notes 125
5 The Revolt in Perspective 129
The significance of the split 130
The KAU and the squatter movement 132
The revitalization of the KAU and the Kenyatta phenomenon 135
Reflections on Mau Mau 139
Notes 143
Part II Introduction 149
The ethnic factor 153
Notes 153
6 The Administration Takes and Loses the Initiative 155
The controlled reconstitution of the Kikuyu community 156
The creation of a community of migrants and vagrants 157
The proletarianization of the squatter community 159
Decolonization and counter-reform 161
Institutionalization of discontent 164
The challenge from below 165
The growth of the nationalist parties 167
Notes 170
7 Heading Towards the Showdown: Decolonization in the Highlands, 1961-63 172
The Highlands in transition 174
Social unrest 175
The dilemma of decolonization 181
Class polarization within the nationalist movement 185
The challenge to mainstream nationalism 189
Land agitation 191
The turning point 199
Notes 200
8 The Consolidation of Reaction 205
Demobilizing the mass movement 206
The consolidation of reaction 209
From Mau Mau to today 211
Decolonization in perspective 213
The problem of national liberation 219
Notes 222
Bibliography 225
Index 231
Tables
Table 2.1 Origin by district of squatters in Naivasha District, 1919 41
Table 2.2 The relation of labour migration to the Kikuyu Reserves, 1931 45
Maps
Map 1 Location of the White Highlands xiv
Map 2 The White Highlands xv
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