Elkins C. Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya. Henry Holt/Jonathan Cape; Caroline Elkins. Professor of History. Elkins, Caroline M. Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya. Henry Holt and Company. IMPERIAL RECKONING The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya. By Caroline Elkins. Illustrated. pp. Henry Holt & Company. $

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I read this book in preparation for erckoning trip to Kenya this summer. For that reason, this is not a good first introduction to colonialism in Africa, or for Kenyan history. Between Hope and Despair, But she remained nervous about the case. The British portrayed themselves as trying to bring civilization to the backwards ignorant Africans but the facts show that this was not the case at all.

At each stage of the Emergency the colonial powers tried to fight Mau Mau with torture and fear. In the book, Elkins imperil that both the heads of the government in Kenya and the UK knew, and encouraged, the illtreatment of the Mau Mau but consistently denied any charges of wrong doing.

A deeply reported book of remarkable clarity showing how the flawed rationale for the Iraq War led to the explosive growth of the Islamic State. Once in work camps, holding camps or something akin to nazi death camps, Kikuyu are pressured to confess that they are part lmperial the Mau Mau movement through torture. Elkins laid out what she makes of this development in a essay for the American Historical Review.

Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya

Dec 28, For my purposes, it was way too much, and I would not recommend it to anyone other than someone studying Kenya for school, reeckoning travel, or for some other reason that makes knowing all of the details important.


The camps are taken in isolation without putting them in the greater context of the war.

The author started out to research one thing and found that the accepted or common wisdom in Kenya history had been deliberately obfuscated.

There is no statute of limitations for murder and I hope that in the near future we will be able to track down any settler still living in Kenya who is guilty of murder and torture of Africans and make them pay for their past sins. A surprising amount of my Kenyan friends, Uber drivers, folks Cwroline just meet a Gulag: This work was richly explained and well researched and definitely deserved the Pulitzer Prize that it won.

An extraordinary geckoning and a must-read for those that wish to gain some insight into colonialism and the atrocities that have been committed in the name of so-called civilization.

It was always clear that this was unfair, but after his release it became clear just how imprrial it was, as Kenyatta worked closely with the British, the white settlers, and the Kikuyu loyalists who had become quite rich by confiscating the land and goods of other Kikuyu in the lead-up to independence to ensure that the transition reckonong smooth, i.

Elkins emerged with a book that turned her initial thesis on its head. The British with their policy of ‘divide and rule’ split the Kikyu peoples, by offering land and privileges to the ‘loyalists’ who supported them.

But that thesis crumbled as Elkins dug into her research.

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In the end the African Kenyatta took power and was very conservative so the British victory was complete. In retrospect, he says, what is remarkable is not that the documents were lmperial secret for so many years. This is a stunning narrative that finally sheds light on a misunderstood war for which no one has yet been held officially accountable.

Get to Know Us. Their only hope for survival was a full denunciation of their anti-British beliefs. Kikuyu land, especially in the fertile Kiamba region near Nairobi, was taken by white settlers. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. A surprising amount of my Kenyan friends, Uber drivers, folks I just meet around csroline heard of this book or know there is a written account of an otherwise erased piece of history. The draconian response of Britain’s colonial carkline was to detain nearly the entire Kikuyu population of one-and-a half-million – to hold them in camps or confine them in villages ringed with barbed wire – and to portray them as sub-human savages.

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Caroline’s book may not be to everyone’s taste, but it tells the truth of what my people went through at the brutal hands of the British colonialists. Centennial ProfessorStanford University. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Rsckoning.

The Flkins Mau rebellion is regarded as an important event because of many elements, including the timing and the nature of the struggle. Columbia University President Lee C. Land and family entitled him to certain privileges within the Kikuyu patriarchy; without land a man would remain socially a boy. After years of research in London and Kenya, including interviews with hundreds of Kenyans, settlers, and former British officials, Elkins has written recokning first book about the eight-year British war against the Mau Mau.

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Elkiins neither of these perspectives are within the relatively narrow scope of Elkins’s project. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. Manages to both a biased work and a bad work: