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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Yes, there was brutality on both sides. The most notorious of these prisons was already in operation at the time of Anvil.

The thing that Can’t give it anything other than five ipmerial, as it accomplishes everything it sets out to do, and is vivid and readable and very thorough.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. And then there were the religious missionaries who said nothing. This reckning is also good as an example of a historian’s painstaking research process, which is probably why it was mentioned as possible summer reading by my history professors. Malnutrition, disease and death reigned everywhere.

The other amazing thing, of course, is how little of this is known. Britains colonial record in human rights i History is not pretty. Having combed public archives in London and Kenya and conducted extensive interviews with both Kikuyu survivors and settlers, Elkins exposes the hypocrisy of Britain’s supposed colonial “civilizing mission” and its subsequent imperual. British and Kenyan settler security forces in the camps often killed detainees for fun. Gaining trust, she was able to accumulate over hours of interviews.

Beginning inthey deported or detained 1. Under legal pressure, the government finally acknowledged that the records had been stashed at a high-security storage facility that the Lmperial Office shared with the intelligence agencies MI5 and MI6.


The mile railroad was eventually begun in and completed in But the book polarised scholars. I will certainly look at them with a different attitude.

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Using a combination of 1st person interviews and archival research, Caroline Elkins proves that the British suppression of the Mau Mau was far from civilizing and as the title states was much more akin to a Soviet prison camp than the rehabilitation centers they were said to be. The evidence was insufficient. After the Second World War returning African soldiers, who had fought in the Middle East and India-Burma theatres of war, found an increasingly changed landscape.

Written by a professor at Harvard, who spent ten years researching the material, it is an account of the Mau Mau rebellion in the ‘s in Kenya. An examination of the historical roots of contemporary criminal justice in the U.

But she remained nervous about the case. The files indicate that roughly 3. Bythe protectorate had become a formal colony. The Mau Mau ‘Emergency’ period in Kenya had every bad thing happen that one could imagine in the treatment of human beings. It’s depressing if not necessarily all that surprising that so soon after what was trumpeted as the victory of democracy over fascism, the nominal democrats were adopting fascist tactics themselves.

At each stage of the Emergency the colonial powers tried to fight Mau Mau with torture and fear.

Sadly, the final blow to the Kikuyu came from the man they thought would be their savior. Between Hope and Despair, Caroline Elkins, an assistant professor of history at Harvard University, spent a decade in London, Nairobi, and the Kenyan countryside interviewing hundreds of Kikuyu men and women who survived the British camps, as well as the British and African loyalists who detained them.


Astonishingly, what the survivors recall most, however, was not the physical terror but the lack of food, the hunger. Feb 18, Ezra rated it really liked it Shelves: Winners in General Nonfiction Elkiins extensive cover-ups and political posturing done by Britain’s colonial office in London and on the ground in Kenya to allow them the ability to continue a practice they knew would not be tolerated nor sustainable with wide-spread knowledge and transparency back home is a sobering reminder of the pitfalls of even caroilne “democratic” governance.

These controversies primed readers for stories about czroline underside of empire.

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There were over one hundred Neither are pro-British and are critical of Britain, but are far more thorough than Elkins’s dreadful and sensationalist nonsense. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.

The old one is about Caroline Elkins. Its adherents mounted gruesome attacks on white settlers and fellow Kikuyu who collaborated with the British administration.

By carefully studying the remaining colonial files, and cross-referencing e,kins with interview data and documents from private reckoninf missionary archives, I was able to compile what I believe to be a nearly complete listing go the camps and prisons in the Pipeline. A woman needed land to grow crops to nurture and sustain her family; without it in the eyes of the Kikuyu she was not an adult.

The British went there, kicked the local people off their land and took it over.

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