Kenya's War of Independence: Mau Mau and its Legacy of Resistance to Colonialism and Imperialism, 1948-1990

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Vita Books, Feb 8, 2018 - History - 450 pages
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Kenya's War of Independence restores Kenya’s stolen history to its rightful place, stripped of colonial interpretations. In this expanded and revised version of his 1986 booklet, Kimaathi, Mau Mau's First Prime Minister of Kenya, Durrani covers Mau Mau’s resistance to colonialism and neo-colonialism and reflects on its ideology, organisation and achievements. He sees Mau Mau in the larger context of Kenya’s war of independence and looks at the influence of organised, radical trade unions as the engine of resistance, linking economic with political demands of working people. Additional chapters document the post-independence resistance by the underground December Twelve Movement-Mwakenya.

Durrani captures the dynamism of transition from colonialism to neo-colonialism: “Imperialism replaced colonialism, African elites replaced White Settlers, neo-colonial government replaced colonial government. Resistance changed from the War of Independence to War of Economic Independence. Worker and peasant resistance is evident once again. History is on the march”.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
11
FOREWORD
13
INTRODUCING KENYAS WAR OF INDEPENDENCE
17
MAU MAU 19481960
115
TRANSITION TO NEOCOLONIALISM
271
UHURU 1963 UNDERGROUND ORGANISED RESISTANCE
303
Uhuru Bado
336
References Bibliography
342
APPENDICES
361
Index
440
Back cover
450
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About the author (2018)

Shiraz Durrani, a British-Kenyan library science professional, is noted for his writings on the social and political dimensions of information and librarianship. His other books include Never Be Silent: Publishing and Imperialism in Kenya, 1884-1963 (2006); Information and Liberation: Writings on the Politics of Information and Librarianship (2008); Progressive Librarianship: Perspectives from Kenya and Britain, 1979-2010 (2014). In 2016, Durrani edited Makhan Singh, A Revolutionary Kenyan Trade Unionist He is currently compiling another book to be published in 2018: Pio Gama Pinto, The Assassinated Hero of the Anti-Imperialist Struggle in Kenya, 1927-1965.

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