Imperial reckoning : the untold story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya / Caroline Elkins
- New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2005
Includes bibliographical references (p. -449) and index
- 1st ed
Thousands of Kenyans fought alongside the British in World War II, but just a few years after the defeat of Hitler, the British colonial government detained nearly the entire population of Kenya's largest ethnic minority, the Kikuyu--some one and a half million people. The story of the system of prisons and work camps where thousands met their deaths has remained largely untold, because of a determined effort by the British to destroy all official records of their attempts to stop the Mau Mau uprising, the Kikuyu people's ultimately successful bid for Kenyan independence--Publisher.
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