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Publisher: Henry Holt
ISBN10: 0805080015 ISBN13: 9780805080018 DDC: 967.6203 Edition: (pbk.)


Harvard historian Caroline Elkins has recovered the lost history of the last days of British colonialism in Kenya. In a narrative that draws upon nearly a decade of research - including hundreds of interviews with Kikuyu detention camp survivors and their captors - Elkins reveals for the first time what Britain so desperately tried to hide. In the aftermath of World War II and the triumph of liberal democracy over fascism, the British detained nearly the entire Kikuyu population - some one and a half million people - for more than eight years. Inside detention camps and barbed-wire villages, the Kikuyu lived in a world of fear, hunger, and death. Their only hope for survival was a full denunciation of their anti-British beliefs.


First published in the England in 2005 by Pimlico under the title of "Britain's gulag : the brutal end of empire in Kenya" Includes bibliographical references (p. [433]-449) and index. 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.


  • Dewey Decimal: 967.6203

Book Details

  • Language: eng
  • Physical Description: xvi, 475 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
  • Edition Info: (pbk.)


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