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Other titles in the Eastern African Studies series:
Mau Mau and Nationhood: Arms, Authority, and Narration (Eastern African Studies)by E. S. Atieno Odhiambo
Synopses & Reviews
Fifty years after the declaration of the state of emergency, Mau Mau still excites argument and controversy, not least in Kenya itself. Mau Mau and Nationhood is a collection of essays providing the most recent thinking on the uprising and its aftermath.
The work of well-established scholars as well as of young researchers with fresh perspectives, Mau Mau and Nationhood achieves a multilayered analysis of a subject of enduring interest. According to Terence Ranger, Emeritus Rhodes Professor, Oxford, In some ways the historiography of Mau Mau is a supreme example not only of ambiguity and complexity, but also of redemption of a topic once thought incapable of rational analysis.”
Book News Annotation:
Historians from Britain, the US, and Africa reflect on the ambiguous place that the Mau Mau rebellion against British colonial rule during the 1950s holds in the national identity and official history of the subsequent country of Kenya. Among their topics are the war within Mau Mau's fight for land and freedom, Kiuyu pamphlets and songs from 1945 to 1952, and the contest for memory. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
E. S. Atieno Odhiambo was a professor of history at Rice University. He is the author of The Paradox of Collaboration and Other Essays, and Siaya: Politics and Nationalism in East Africa, 1905-1939. He is the editor of African Historians and African Voices and coeditor, with David William Cohen, of The Risks of Knowledge.
John Lonsdale is a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.
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