Histories of the Hanged: The Dirty War in Kenya and the End of Empire

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2005 - History - 406 pages
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A RIVETING ACCOUNT of Britain's final bloody decade in Kenya, this book tells the story of the brutal war between the colonial government and the insurrectionist Mau Mau between 1952 and 1960. New findings cast the Gikuyu rebels--hardly the terrorist they were thought to be--in a new light and reveal the British to be brutal aggressors in a "dirty war" that involved, among others, Winston Churchill and Harold MacMillan. This astonishing piece of scholarship portrays a teetering colonial empire in its final phase--employing whatever military and propaganda methods were necessary to preserve an order that could no longer hold.
 

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Contents

The Hidden History of an AntiColonial Rebellion
9
Making a Rebellion
13
Emerging Violence
41
Burying the Past
54
Chief Waruhiu
55
Jock Scott and Judge Thacker
61
Going to War
68
Christmas Eve in Nyeri
72
Fighting Back
212
Corruption at City Hall
224
General Chinas War Freedom Fighters in the Forests
230
Flight to the Forests
235
Bugles and Battles
251
Surrenders
273
Psycho Docs and Pseudo Ops
279
Crimes of Punishment Law and Disorder in Kikuyuland
289

Parasites in Paradise Race Violence and Mau Mau
77
A sunny land for shady people
79
Killing Bwana
86
Them or us
95
Paradise Postponed
111
Death at Lari The Story of an African Massacre
119
Victims and Vengeance
125
A Deeper History
139
Courtroom Dramas
151
Executions
173
Colonial Consequences
177
Struggles in the City Mau Mau in Nairobi
181
African Life in Eastlands
184
Terrorizing the Taitai
190
Operation Anvil
200
Carrots and Sticks
293
Kenyas Belsen
297
Excessive Force
307
The Gulag
311
Spoils of War Decolonizing Kenya Memorializing Mau Mau
328
Coming Home
330
The Reconciler
333
Monuments Museums Movies
336
Mathenges Return
340
Tables
345
Notes
357
Glossary
387
Acknowledgements
395
Index
398
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DAVID ANDERSON is lecturer in African studies at Oxford University. He was formerly director of the Center for African Studies at the University of London.

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