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The politics of the independence of Kenya
Kyle, Keith.
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Publication Information:
Basingstoke : Palgrave, [1999]

Physical Description:
xviii, 258 pages : map ; 23 cm.
General Note:
'In association with Institute of Contemporary British History, ICBH'.
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DT433.575 .K95 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The remarkable story of how Kenya traveled, in a very few years, from the trauma of violent revolution to peaceful independence is retold here with full access to official documents. It is a story of strong personalities--of Jomo Kenyatta, after nine years of prison and restriction, emerging as the savior of his country; of Tom Mboya, the talented young man who out-debated, out-maneuvered, and out-shone whites and blacks alike, but who generated an amazing degree of hatred and died by an assassin's bullet; of Iain Macleod, who made the crucial recognition that Kenya was a black African country; and of Malcolm MacDonald, without whom it could still have all ended in disaster. Keith Kyle reported from Kenya on BBC television during these stirring events.

Author Notes

Keith Kyle is Visiting Professor of History at the University of Ulster

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Kyle, a gifted, incisive British journalist, covered the end of Mau Mau and Kenya's struggle for independence from British colonial rule. He knew everyone who mattered, especially the country's up-and-coming African politicians, and understood strengths and weaknesses with great skill. His book about the gaining of Kenya's independence is long awaited and lively, despite being set aside while Kyle covered events elsewhere in our turbulent world, not least North Ireland, Cyprus, and the Middle East. Kyle's book is much more than a reminiscence. It is also analytical and replete with insights into Kenyan and British personalities. There are few better contemporary word sketches of Tom Mboya, Oginga Odinga, Daniel arap Moi, Mungai Njoroge, and Apollo Milton Obote of Uganda. Kyle is not afraid of using adjectives to describe the characters that played such important roles in transforming Kenya from a colony at war into a thriving, independent African nation. His book is also steeped in the existing scholarship about Kenyan independence. Thus it is a contribution to the academic literature as well as a forceful memoir of formative days on the receding colonial frontier. General readers; upper-division undergraduates and above. R. I. Rotberg; Harvard University

Table of Contents

General Editor's Prefacep. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
A Note on Kenyap. xv
A Map of Kenya in 1960p. xvii
List of Abbreviationsp. xviii
Part I An Historical Introduction 1895-1957
1 The Foundation of Kenya Colonyp. 3
2 The Rise of African Nationalismp. 25
3 The Politics of Mau Maup. 45
Part II The Independence of Kenya 1957-63
4 Tearing Down Lytteltonp. 69
5 The Bridge-Playerp. 91
6 Kenyatta Releasedp. 111
7 Majimbop. 136
8 KANU Triumphantp. 160
9 Uhuru na Harambeep. 179
10 Epiloguep. 197
Notes and Referencesp. 205
Bibliographyp. 239
Indexp. 244