The Kenya African Union /
John Spencer.
London ; Boston : KPI, 1985.
296 p. ; 23 cm.
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London ; Boston : KPI, 1985.
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. 275-291.
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Appeared in Choice on 1986-10:
Spencer has written the first full-length study of the Kenya African Union (KAU) from its roots in the Kikuyu Association in 1919 to its banning in 1953. It is based on extensive archival and library research, including exploitation of some new material and some 400 interviews. Spencer has produced an eminently readable history. Indeed, putting the KAU in its historical context is the author's singular accomplishment. Although a ``failure,'' the KAU was central to the evolution of Kenyan African nationalism, the dissolution of colonial rule, and the emergence of modern Kenya. Spencer's treatment of KAU is so well integrated that the volume is, in effect, a history of 20th century Kenya. Professional historians will appreciate this excellent work, and students will welcome both the palatable text and extensive bibliography. A must for large college and university libraries, and for collections specializing in African studies and modern history.-J.P. Smaldone, University of Maryland, University College
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