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Few studies of the causes and outcomes of the Mau Mau insurgency in post-Second World War colonial Kenya manage to be sympathetic to the predicaments of both British settlers and African colonial subjects. At the time most British commentators attributed the insurgency to African irrationality and superstition. Historians since have tended to blame settler oppression. Yet the crisis in Kenya can be understood as a clash between two forms of economic and social development precariously enjoyed

Fri, October 27, 2006 | Tom Lea rooms, HRC 3.206

3:00 PM

John Lonsdale is Professor of Modern African History, University of Cambridge. He is currently completing work on the decolonization of Kenya and the political thought of the country's first President, Jomo Kenyatta. He is co-author (with Bruce Berman) of Unhappy Valley: Conflict in Kenya and Africa. He has edited South Africa in Question and is General Editor of the Cambridge University Press series in African Studies.

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