Although Mau Mau was militarily crushed in the mid-fifties, the struggle for land rights was only contained in Kenya's post-independence era. Kikuyu squatters on European estates who formed the backbone of this movement are the main subject of this book.
Furedi breaks new ground in following the story of the participants of the rural movement during the decade after the defeat of Mau Mau. New archival sources and interviews provide exciting material on the mechanics of decolonisation and on the containment of rural radicalism in Kenya.
North America: Ohio U Press; Kenya: EAEP
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...well balanced, well researched, thought-provoking and readable... Its particular strengths lie in its attention to: the forest squatters, the role of squatter traders in the townships, and in the fact that it was not the settlers but the Emergency that finally broke the back of squatterdom in the highlands. - A.S. Atieno Odhiambo, Professor of History, Rice University.
Furedi will for a long time remain the most important source on the squatters' revolt. - Robert Buijtenhuijs in DEVELOPMENT AND CHANGE
First Published: 26 Oct 1989
13 Digit ISBN: 9780852550526
Size: 21.6 x 13.8
Imprint: James Currey
Series: Eastern African Studies
Subject: African Studies
BIC Class: GTB
Details updated on 25 May 2013