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Histories of the Hanged: Britain's Dirty War in Kenya and the End of Empire
 
 

Histories of the Hanged: Britain's Dirty War in Kenya and the End of Empire [Kindle Edition]

David Anderson
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...What might have been a dry description of legal proceedings becomes instead a compelling account of the great horror story of Britain's empire. (SUNDAY TIMES)

Anderson gives a shocking account of the conflict that eventually led to Kenya's independence in 1963. (HAM & HIGH)

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The true story of the Mau Mau rebellion of 1952-60 in Kenya, told for the first time

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1134 KB
  • Print Length: 414 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New Ed edition (30 Dec 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006W2V126
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Histories of the Hanged 19 Jun 2007
Format:Paperback
I wish to take issue with Bwana Bunduki. Anderson's book was about more than the use of law in counter-insurgency. It detailed, as few other books have done, the extraordinary complexity of the Kenya crisis, with deep insight into what divided the Kikuyu people. It went on to analyse the great divisions on the British side, between senior judges and senior policemen, and generals, on the one hand, most of whom tried to uphold the laws of war and, on the other, magistrates, members of the security forces and, perhaps above all, the Provincial Administration who judged that loyalty to their Kikuyu allies required that the former avert their eyes from, and connive in the cover-ups, of the misdeeds of the latter. While Anderson is unsparing in his criticism, he is also deeply compassionate towards the victims of both Mau Mau and of British counter-insurgency, conscious of the historian's duty to understand, and sympathise with the conflicting demands of the past, as much as to pass judgment. The judgments he arrives at are, very properly, largely from the mouths of British actors at the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars HIstories of the Hanged 19 Jun 2007
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This book is a powerful, revelatory and balanced account of the Mau Mau rebellion and the British response to it. Because Anderson's conclusions are grounded in documentary evidence produced by the colonial authorities, his criticisms of the counter-insurgency campaign carry much weight. Well-written and incisive, Anderson treats all of his subjects judiciously and in an even-handed manner. This book is undeserving of the misguided criticisms made of it by Bwana Bunduki below. This is a fine example of historical scholarship at its very best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Praise for "Histories of the Hanged." 19 Jun 2007
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For those interested in the historical and social processes through which the law becomes the condition of possibility for the extreme persecution not only of political adversaries but of entire categories of citizens, read "Histories of the Hanged." Anderson has provided a careful interrogation of the colonial legal record that seriously undermines any easy claim to the legitimacy of systematic and lethal state force carried out in the name of the law.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Histories of the hanged 8 Nov 2013
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Bought for a specific subject I'm studying at university. It fits the bill and was recommended by my tutor after discussion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 31 July 2013
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This is an extremely well researched and informative book about the end of colonialism in Kenya. I would definitely recommend anyone interested in the events leading up to this in the 1950s.
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