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Imperial reckoning : the untold story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya

Author: Caroline Elkins
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2006, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Owl books edView all editions and formats
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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 story of the system of prisons and work camps where thousands met their deaths has remained largely untold, because of a determined effort by the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Caroline Elkins
ISBN: 0805080015 9780805080018 0805076530 9780805076530 9780805067804 0805067809
OCLC Number: 69666492
Awards: Winner of the 2006 Pulitzer prize for general non-fiction.
Description: xvi, 475 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Pax Britannica --
2. Britain's assault on Mau Mau --
3. Screening --
4. Rehabilitation --
5. The birth of Britain's gulag --
6. The world behind the wire --
7. The hard core --
8. Domestic terror --
9. Outrage, suppression, and silence --
10. Detention exposed --
App. The operating pipeline circa January 1956.
Responsibility: Caroline Elkins.
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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 story of the system of prisons and work camps where thousands met their deaths has remained largely untold, because 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--Publisher.

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