Britain's Gulag: The Brutal End of Empire in Kenya

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Bodley Head, 2014 - 475 pagina's
AFRICAN HISTORY: FROM C 1900 -. Britain fought in the Second World War to save the world from fascism. But just a few years after the defeat of Hitler came the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya - a mass armed rebellion by the Kikuyu people, demanding the return of their land and freedom. The draconian response of Britain's colonial government was to detain nearly the entire Kikuyu population of one-and-a half-million - to hold them in camps or confine them in villages ringed with barbed wire - and to portray them as sub-human savages. From 1952 until the end of the war in 1960 tens of thousands of detainees - and possibly a hundred thousand or more - died from the combined effects of exhaustion, disease, starvation and systemic physical brutality. Until now these events have remained untold, largely because the British government in Kenya destroyed most of its files.

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Well written, highly researched but brutal in its honesty. Yet another history of European's assumption of power and intelligence of Africans. A slow but thorough book. When I got the candid part of ... Volledige review lezen

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Over de auteur (2014)

Caroline Elkins is an Assistant Professor of History at Harvard University and the recipient of numerous awards, including a Fulbright and an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship. Her research for Britain's Gulag was the subject of the BBC documentary Kenya- White Terror, which was shown in Britain in November 2002 and was awarded the International Committee of the Red Cross prize at the Monte Carlo Festival. She lives with her family in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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