Elkins C. Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya. Henry Holt/Jonathan Cape; Caroline Elkins. Professor of History. Elkins, Caroline M. Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya. Henry Holt and Company. IMPERIAL RECKONING The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya. By Caroline Elkins. Illustrated. pp. Henry Holt & Company. $

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Still, he does not believe that the Hanslope files justify the notion that hundreds of thousands of people were killed in Kenya, or that those deaths were systematic. Neither are pro-British and are critical of Britain, but are far more thorough than Elkins’s dreadful and sensationalist nonsense.

Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya by Caroline Elkins

With the railway came diseases like smallpox and the arrogance of white supremacy. This was an excellent book. The stories of murder, rape, and torture, and forced evacuation of their homes and villages, were confirmed when I listened to the stories of about carolihe dozen elders [men and women ages 80 to ] while I was in Kenya.

Not Enabled Screen Reader: Mar 19, Notdarcy rated it did not like it. There is no statute of limitations for murder and I hope that in the near future we will be able to track down any settler still living recknoing Kenya who is guilty of murder and torture of Africans and make them pay for their past sins.

An stunning and exhaustive account of Britain’s gruesome suppression of the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya. A well done work. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. The author discloses in the beginning of the book that this book was borne from her dissertation, and it reads as a dissertation. This culmination of evidence forced the British government to apologise, after years of denying that th Today marks 53 years since Kenya gained independence from the British colonialists.

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If you come into it with a basic understanding of British Imperialism, then it is thorough, methodical yet easily understood and ordered progression through the Mau-Mau uprising. The former critique seems to have been largely ratified by historians, but the latter strikes me as misguided.


The Economist Ms Elkins’s willingness to use flimsy evidence to make the case for settler wrongdoing may have led her, in this instance, to suspend her usual rigorous judgment. E lkins knew her findings would be explosive. And she believes there was more going on than the usual academic ikperial.

To ask other readers questions about Imperial Reckoningplease sign up. Thu 18 Aug By continuing to use this website, you consent to Columbia University’s usage of cookies and similar technologies, in accordance with the Columbia University Website Cookie Notice. Rather, for a broader perspective, it seems supplementary imperiao is required.

The Hola Massacre of eleven detainees became the focal point of the deceit and the tipping point reckonung the decision to withdraw colonial rule. An effort to reform the corrupt Kenyan Police force failed when the London-appointed reformer, Colonel Young, was stonewalled by the colonial governor Baring. The British government, defeated repeatedly in court, moved to settle the Mau Mau case. The evidence was insufficient. Caroline Elkins caaroline done a great job in thoroughly researching what many wanted buried forever, and bringing out all the sadism and savagery in vivid detail.

In a groundbreaking debut, Harvard historian Caroline Elkins has recovered the lost history of the last days of British colonialism in Kenya. Recokning mother has no idea of when she was born because all the documents that could have proved her imperiap date got burnt during the removal from her parents home.

A book such as hers was vital to breaking the silence and hypocracy of the colonial position re. This is a stunning narrative that finally sheds light on a misunderstood war for which no one has yet been held officially accountable.

For my purposes, it was way too much, and I would not recommend it to anyone other than someone studying Kenya for school, for travel, or for some other reason that makes knowing all of the details important.

And, as Elkins would eventually learn, Gavaghan had developed the technique and put it into practice. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The Mau Mau case has fuelled two scholarly debates, one old and one new. This book is about the colonial reign of caropine British in Kenya.


Kikuyu land, especially in the fertile Kiamba region near Nairobi, was taken by white settlers. The importance of this book is understood when put in eelkins context of the time. The tradition amongst Kikuyu was for young men to find new land to farm when the time came to enter adulthood.

Henry Finder chair editorial directorThe New Yorker. That carolline occurred post WWII and in the shadow of that eras atrocities is even more disturbing. Elkins covers the background to the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya, the deliberations on how to respond to it by the colonial leadership in Nairobi and the British government, and the resulting protests and calls for inquiries by missionaries, journalists, and Labor MPs, but a good half or more of the book details day-to-day life as it was experienced by practically all Kikuyu, with the exception of a small cadre of loyalists and the actual forest guerrillas, though once captured they mostly went to the same campsduring the Kenyan Emergency.

Mau Mau brutality or British brutality.

What is remarkable is that they survived at all. Many confess to stop the torture but elkijs shipped away anyway to work camps where the slogans above the entrance are eerily similar to “arbeit macht frei”.

Often these individuals were members of the Kenya Police Reserve, giving them some form of official status to conduct their terror campaign. A blue cord held together the thin, yellowed pages, which smelled of decaying paper. Another, Jane Muthoni Mara, reported being sexually assaulted with a heated glass bottle.

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A very important book on British genocide in Kenya in the s. One of the most amazing things about the book is how quickly the noble goals the Allies supposedly held in World War II were abandoned. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

I just wish they had been recounted in a more professional manner. The author presents her argument based on extensive research including available government documentation, memoirs, papers, and oral histories. I can’t think of one example of “benevolent colonialism” and how the British ruled in Kenya will make you sick.