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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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The broad strokes of British misbehaviour were known by the late 60s, Berman argued. May 13, Iain Hamilton rated it did not like it.

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Not bad in itself, but it was very detailed about a specific part of a country’s history that I have very little general knowledge about.

Also interesting was the candid analysis of the effectiveness of torture from the victims themselves–that sometimes it worked, and sometimes, it forced false confessions and provided bad information. Manages to both a biased work and a bad work: One morning this spring, I accompanied Elkins as she visited the National Archives to look at those files. They argued that Britain could not be held responsible because liability for any colonial abuses had devolved to the Kenyan government upon independence.

Inside detention camps and barbed-wire villages, the Kikuyu lived in a world of fear, hunger, and death. The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya By Caroline Elkins For decades Western imperialists have waged wars and destroyed local populations in the name of civilization and democracy.

The facility occupies a s-era concrete building beside a pond in Kew, in south-west London. Powerful story of this covered up history! A careful combing-through of these documents might normally have taken three years.

Uncovering the brutal truth about the British empire

What would you expect. The British Colonial Office, struggling to preserve its far-flung empire of dependencies after World War II, spread hysteria about Kenya’s Mau Mau independence movement by depicting its supporters among the Kikuyu people as irrational terrorists and monsters.


She can also produce information that supports her case, yet somehow misses information that does not. Dec 17, Kuldip S Attalia rated it it was amazing. Rather, for a broader perspective, it seems supplementary impeiral is required. A woman needed land to grow crops to nurture and sustain her family; without it in the eyes of the Kikuyu she was not an adult. Britain as empire has its own secret and not very good history.

I will certainly look at them with a different attitude. The British government Churchill was Prime Minister and the colonial government, issued a general amnesty to Mau Mau and loyalist forces caroliinethereby protecting the perpetrators of terror from prosecution.

But she eventually gained their trust. This struck me as half Salem witch-trials where people are given the opportunity to implicate people they have disputes with in order to seize their property-or wives and half ‘s Mississippi. Her case for tenure, once on the fast track, had been delayed in response to criticism of her work.

I do not doubt the veracity of the stories. Martin Luther King, Jr. While the Mau Mau movement certainly acted in brutal ways at times, it’s hard to know what really came first English Choose a language for shopping. Philip Murphy, who specialises in the history of British decolonisation, attended some of the Mau Mau hearings. It shows the untold story.

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

After years of research in London and Kenya, including interviews with hundreds of Kenyans, settlers, and former British officials, Elkins has written the first book about the eight-year British war against faroline Mau Mau. The Years of Extermination: See all winners.

British and Kenyan settler security forces in the camps often killed detainees for fun.


The Guardian Richard Dowden Where [David] Anderson gets inside the minds and passions of both sides and, best of all, inside the agony of those simply caaroline up in the horror and forced to make appalling choices, Elkins remains rigidly one dimensional in her understanding.

For my purposes, it was way too much, and I would not recommend it to anyone other than someone studying Kenya for school, for travel, or for some other refkoning that makes knowing all of the details important. Enabled Amazon Best Sellers Rank: No review was more devastating than the one that Bethwell A Ogot, a senior Kenyan impfrial, published in the Journal of African History. A major work of history that for the first time reveals the violence and terror at the heart of Britain’s civilizing mission in Kenya As part of the Allied forces, thousands of Kenyans fought alongside the British in World War II.

Elkins emerged with a book that turned her initial thesis on its head.

They waged a forest war against 20, Mau Mau fighters, and, with African allies, also targeted a bigger civilian enemy: But Elkins also touches on one perhaps less obvious reason: It’s hard to understand why and how such a horrific time was so well covered up, and why there seems to be a “collective amnesia” surrounding everything that happened.

ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Feb 18, Ezra rated it really liked it Shelves: Many of the British aristocratic settlers were disinherited second and third sons, losing out in the rigid system of primogeniture back home.

The third regulation was the Kipande or employment pass required of all Africans.