Mau Mau memoirs : history, memory, and politics /
Marshall S. Clough.
Boulder, Colo. : L. Rienner, 1998.
x, 283 p. : maps ; 24 cm.
1555875378 (hc : alk. paper)
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Boulder, Colo. : L. Rienner, 1998.
1555875378 (hc : alk. paper)
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Expansion of a paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association in Boston, Nov. 1993.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 263-269) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1998-07:
Clough is right. Mau Mau remains much more than an uprising in colonial Kenya. It still looms large in Western consciousness, sometimes representing atavism in the alien mind. Even in Kenya it is both a parochial and a national response to imperial oppression, with fierce partisans on both sides. Clough's stance in this still-running debate is less conclusive than it is evenhanded. He analyzes 13 indigenous memoirs (including autobiographies, whether collaborations or not), comparing them in terms of the received and reflected history of Mau Mau. His examinations are clear and insightful. Through such a careful and compassionate review the reader begins to appreciate the extent to which Mau Mau meant different and contrasting things even to its participants. Knowledge of Mau Mau itself is also deepened. The broader implications of memoir and memory as useful history are also explored, sometimes ingeniously. But what is lacking is a final view of Mau Mau. Its meaning for Kenya remains in dispute. Whether it was or was not a manifestation of the tide of nationalism in colonial Africa or a response by Gikuyu to particular circumstances at a particular time (and without nationalist significance) continues as a question. Clough's is a work in progress. Upper-division undergraduates and above. R. I. Rotberg; Harvard University
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Mapsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Mau Mau and Its Interpretersp. 25
The Mau Mau Versionp. 61
The Movement and the Oathsp. 85
The Warp. 127
The Ordeal of Detentionp. 177
Politicsp. 213
Past and Presentp. 239
Glossaryp. 261
Bibliographyp. 263
Indexp. 271
About the Bookp. 283
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