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In "a gripping narrative that is all but impossible to put down" (Joseph C. Miller), Histories of the Hanged exposes the long-hidden colonial crimes of the British in Kenya. This groundbreaking work tells how the brutal war between the colonial government and the insurrectionist Mau Mau between 1952 and 1960 dominated the final bloody decade of imperialism in East Africa. Using extraordinary new evidence, David Anderson puts the colonial government on trial with eyewitness testimony from over 800 court cases and previously unseen archives. His research exonerates the Kikuyu rebels; hardly the terrorists they were thought to be; and reveals the British to be brutal aggressors in a "dirty war" that involved leaders at the highest ranks of the British government. This astonishing piece of scholarship portrays a teetering colonial empire in its final phase; employing whatever military and propaganda methods it could to preserve an order that could no longer hold.

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"A remarkable account of Britain's last stand in Kenya. This is imperial history at its very best."--John Hope Franklin

About the Author

David Anderson, a lecturer in African studies at Oxford University, has appeared on C-SPAN and NPR. He lives in England.

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ISBN:
9780393327540
Subtitle:
The Dirty War in Kenya and the End of Empire
Author:
Anderson, David
Author:
on
Author:
Anders, David
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
General
Subject:
Revolutionary
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
Africa - East - Kenya
Subject:
History
Subject:
Kenya
Subject:
Kenya - History - Mau Mau Emergency, 1952-
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
World History-Africa
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20051017
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
18 photographs, 2 maps
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9.2 x 6.1 x 1.1 in 1.3 lb

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History and Social Science » Africa » Kenya
History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » General History
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Foreign Policy
History and Social Science » World History » Africa
History and Social Science » World History » England » General
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