Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya
A major work of history that for the first time reveals the violence and terror at the heart of Britain's civilizing mission in Kenya
As part of the Allied forces, thousands of Kenyans fought alongside the British in World War II. But just a few years after the defeat of Hitler, the British colonial government detained nearly the entire population of Kenya's largest ethnic minority, the Kikuyu-some one and a half million people.
The compelling story of the system of prisons and work camps where thousands met their deaths has remained largely untold-the victim of a determined effort by the British to destroy all official records of their attempts to stop the Mau Mau uprising, the Kikuyu people's ultimately successful bid for Kenyan independence.
Caroline Elkins, an assistant professor of history at Harvard University, spent a decade in London, Nairobi, and the Kenyan countryside interviewing hundreds of Kikuyu men and women who survived the British camps, as well as the British and African loyalists who detained them.
The result is an unforgettable account of the unraveling of the British colonial empire in Kenya-a pivotal moment in twentieth- century history with chilling parallels to America's own imperial project.
Imperial Reckoning is the winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction.
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Review: Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in KenyaUser Review - Susan Hirtz - Goodreads
This book is a compilation of ten years of excellent research by the author into post WW II (little-known in the West) Kenyan history. Ultimately the UK colluded with British settlers to keep land ... Read full review
Review: Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in KenyaUser Review - Kt Thames - Goodreads
Good but unremittingly grim. I wish the author would have broadened the scope and told her story within the larger context of Kenyan/African history. Read full review
BRITAINS ASSAULT ON MAU MAU
THE BIRTH OF BRITAINS GULAG
THE WORLD BEHIND THE WIRE
THE HARD CORE
OUTRAGE SUPPRESSION AND SILENCE
THE OPERATING PIPELINE CIRCA JANUARY 1956
A Battlement of Spears: Based on Countless True Stories
Bernard Botes Krüger
No preview available - 2006