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Mau Mau and Kenya : an analysis of a peasant revolt

Author: Wunyabari O Maloba
Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 1993.
Series: Blacks in the diaspora.
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Mau Mau and Kenya widens the debate about the Mau Mau revolt and adds an African voice to the examination and interpretation of an important event in African history. Wunyabari Maloba traces this unique peasant revolt against British colonialism offering a fresh look at a movement that has been "reinvented" by ideologues on the Left and Right in postcolonial Kenya. Was Mau Mau a national effort or an ethnic  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Maloba, Wunyabari O., 1950-
Mau Mau and Kenya.
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 1993
(OCoLC)624111406
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Wunyabari O Maloba
ISBN: 0253336643 9780253336644 0253207924 9780253207920 0253211662 9780253211668
OCLC Number: 26395796
Description: x, 228 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction: The Theory of Peasant Revolts and Mau Mau --
Pt. 1. Background to the Revolt --
1. The Economics of Desperation --
2. Frustrations of Nationalism --
3. 1952: Year of Collision --
Pt. 2. The Military and Ideological Phase --
4. British Military Strategy --
5. Propaganda and the Oaths --
6. Mau Mau Military and Political Strategy --
Pt. 3. Rehabilitation, Independence, and Legacy --
7. Rehabilitation --
8. Toward Independence: Political Parties and Decolonization --
9. The Legacy of Mau Mau.
Series Title: Blacks in the diaspora.
Responsibility: Wunyabari O. Maloba.
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Mau Mau and Kenya widens the debate about the Mau Mau revolt and adds an African voice to the examination and interpretation of an important event in African history. Wunyabari Maloba traces this unique peasant revolt against British colonialism offering a fresh look at a movement that has been "reinvented" by ideologues on the Left and Right in postcolonial Kenya. Was Mau Mau a national effort or an ethnic outburst? What were its political aims? Maloba describes the Mau Mau legacy, concentrating on three issues: participants and their differing ideologies; relationships between the revolt and the conventional party politics of the Kenya African Union; and the impact of Mau Mau on decolonization in Kenya. Maloba argues that Mau Mau's various factions disagreed over aims and objectives, and that this lack of a cohesive revolutionary ideology influenced the shape and destiny of the revolt. He compares Mau Mau, as an anti-colonial peasant movement, to European and Third World revolutionary movements. In placing the Mau Mau rebellion within the framework of theoretical debates about social movements, Maloba demonstrates that its aim, like that of other peasant revolts, was the overthrow of colonial domination and the attainment of national independence. Mau Mau and Kenya makes a significant contribution to postwar Kenyan historiography.

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