Authority, Gender & Violence: The War Within Mau Mau's Fight for Land & Freedom

TitleAuthority, Gender & Violence: The War Within Mau Mau's Fight for Land & Freedom
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsLonsdale, John
EditorOdhiambo, E. S. Atieno, and John Lonsdale
Book TitleMau Mau & Nationhood: Arms, Authority & Narration
PublisherOhio University Press ; James Currey ; EAEP
CityAthens ; Oxford, UK ; Nairobi

Volume: Fifty years after the declaration of the state of emergency, Mau Mau still excites argument and controversy, not least in Kenya itself. Mau Mau and Nationhood is a collection of essays providing the most recent thinking on the uprising and its aftermath.The work of well-established scholars as well as of young researchers with fresh perspectives, Mau Mau and Nationhood achieves a multilayered analysis of a subject of enduring interest. According to Terence Ranger, Emeritus Rhodes Professor, Oxford, β€œIn some ways the historiography of Mau Mau is a supreme example not only of ambiguity and complexity, but also of redemption of a topic once thought incapable of rational analysis.”

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