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  • Imperial Reckoning The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya
  • Caroline Elkins
  • English
  • 28 May 2019
  • 9780805080018

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    E–pub/E–book [Imperial Reckoning The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya] Caroline Elkins È 5 Free read Read Ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free È Caroline Elkins Can't give it anything other than five stars as it accomplishes everything it sets out to do and is vivid and readable and very thorough Not the kind of book that the casual reader who likes a little history now and then is going to really enjoy Not that I think the casual reader is going to have a lot of trouble understanding it but do you really want to immerse yourself in the world of concentration camps and secret torture and executi

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    Caroline Elkins È 5 Free read E–pub/E–book [Imperial Reckoning The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya] This book won the Pulitzer Prize for Non Fiction in 2005 Caroline Elkins is a Professor of African Studies at HarvardKenya did not gain her independence from the British until 1963 In this hefty investigative and scholarl

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    E–pub/E–book [Imperial Reckoning The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya] Read Ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free È Caroline Elkins Read Imperial Reckoning The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya Nope 12 Star for this poorly written and organized account Have to look elsewhere for a good history of Kenya and the end of empire

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    E–pub/E–book [Imperial Reckoning The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya] Caroline Elkins È 5 Free read If I could I would give it a 25The book was the author's dissertation on the Mau Mau uprising of the Kikuyu people in Kenya during the end of the colonial era Specifically it detailed the imprisonment of hundred

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    Read Ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free È Caroline Elkins E–pub/E–book [Imperial Reckoning The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya] This book is very hard to read though not because of the uality of the prose Elkins covers the background to the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya the deliberations on how to respond to it by the colonial leadership in

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    E–pub/E–book [Imperial Reckoning The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya] Imperial Reckoning is a brick by brick wall of history created to be a record a tool evidence where the original record was packed away rewri

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    E–pub/E–book [Imperial Reckoning The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya] An extraordinary account and a must read for those that wish to gain some insight into colonialism and the atrocities that have been committed in the name of so called civilization Very well researched book Its pr

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    E–pub/E–book [Imperial Reckoning The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya] The author discloses in the beginning of the book that this book was borne from her dissertation and it reads as a dissertation Elkin's central argument is that Britain deliberately and knowingly skirted around its own domestic and international laws in order to brutally crush the Kikuyu Mau Mau movement with to

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    Caroline Elkins È 5 Free read Read Ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free È Caroline Elkins E–pub/E–book [Imperial Reckoning The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya] This was an eye opening book and I read it at a time when Britain's role in the world and in Europe has been dramatically altered with their withdrawal from the EU The importance of this book is understood when put in the context of the time Britain had just helped defeat Germany in WWII and liberate concentration and death camps

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    Read Imperial Reckoning The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya E–pub/E–book [Imperial Reckoning The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya] Read Ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free È Caroline Elkins An stunning and exhaustive account of Britain's gruesome suppression of the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya Elkins's work here has been widely criticized for overestimating the number of rebel casualties and for failing to represent eually the brutality employed by the Mau Mau fighers The former critiue seems to have been largely ratified by historians but the latter strikes me as misguidedElkins does not set out to

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Imperial Reckoning The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya

Read Imperial Reckoning The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya Free read Imperial Reckoning The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya ë PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Britain fought in the Second World War to save the world from fascism But just a few years after the defeat of Hitler came the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya a mass armed rebellion by the Kikuyu people demanding the return of their land and freedom The draconian response of Britain's colonial government was to detain nearly the entire Kikuyu population of one and a half million to hold them in camps or confine them in villa Can t give it anything other than five stars as it accomplishes everything it sets out to do and is vivid and readable and very thorough Not the kind of book that the casual reader who likes a little history now and then is going to really enjoy Not that I think the casual reader is going to have a lot of trouble understanding it but do you really want to immerse yourself in the world of concentration camps and secret torture and execution in 1950s Kenya I m not sure you do The thing that is so hard to believe about this book is that the British immediately after fighting against and defeating the Nazis and liberating the Nazi concentration camps were able to justify to themselves the detention of thousands of Africans in concentration camps It doesn t even seem like the British people in charge thought very much about the connection In a way the stories of torture and execution and all that are not so unbelievable After all there are always going to be sociopaths in any population No matter what nation on earth you are talking about you can find people in it willing to torture and kill people But for the government of Britain right up to the prime minister to knowingly fracture the Geneva conventions and institute forced labor and torture and detention without trial not even a decade after the end of WWIIit s just crazy This book 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 Ms Elkins worked on this for a decade traveling to three continents to find whatever documents she could that hadn t been destroyed by the British interviewing hundreds of people in Africa and Britain cross checking stories she heard with newspaper records and letters and other stories her book really is a remarkable piece of work

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Read Imperial Reckoning The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya Free read Imperial Reckoning The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya ë PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ges ringed with barbed wire and to portray them as sub human savagesFrom 1952 until the end of the war in 1960 tens of thousands of detainees and possibly a hundred thousand or died from the combined effects of exhaustion disease starvation and systemic physical brutality Until now these events have remained untold largely because the British government in Kenya destroyed most of its files For the last eight years Caro This book is very hard to read though not because of the uality of the prose 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 inuiries by missionaries journalists and Labor MPs but a good half or 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 camps during the Kenyan Emergency Which means that it s a catalogue of beating torture rape starvation slave labor disease arbitrary execution and a kind of barbarous cruelty that makes the British claim that they were defending civilization against Mau Mau savagery a kind of sick joke and one that rapidly gets old all bathed in a toxic racism A few pages of this leaves you feeling a kind of generalized anger combined with dull despair not exactly the best frame of mind for readingThe British response to the Mau Mau uprising itself largely a response to continued British land theft when the British stopped tolerating Kikuyu suatters on land given to white settlers and insisted on returning all Kikuyu to the relatively small reserves they had set aside from them an explosion was almost inevitable and a few early Mau Mau atrocities was to put practically all Kikuyu men of fighting age into a system of camps known as the Pipeline The goal of the pipeline was to force the prisoners to confess to being part of Mau Mau and renounce it this was largely accomplished through so called screening sessions in which detainees were tortured until they confessed Later in the Emergency something called dilution was implemented this meant that the torture was far systematic Beatings were routine living uarters were rudimentary health and sanitation facilities practically nonexistent The detainees were forced to work on various infrastructure projects if they refused they were literally starved into submission British and Kenyan settler security forces in the camps often killed detainees for fun But suppose a detainee survived confessed and was cooperative enough to be released by the end of the Emergency not too much cooperation was reuired as the British were desperate to empty the camps what then Well he was sent back to the Kikuyu reservation where he discovered that his house had been burned down and any remaining possessions taken and his family forced into a barbed wire village ie a concentration camp one that they had been forced to construct themselves out of nothing Life in the barbed wire villages which were guarded by Kikuyu loyalists commanded by one or two British or white settler officers was essentially the same as in the Pipeline the main difference being that rather than being tortured to confess to being Mau Mau those held in the villages were tortured to make them confess to supporting the guerrillas The result was the death of somewhere between one and three hundred thousand Kikuyu out of a pre Emergency population of roughly 17 million a massive crime against humanityOne of the most amazing things about the book is how uickly the noble goals the Allies supposedly held in World War II were abandoned The Mau Mau revolt took place in the 50s many of the members of the British and local Kenyan security forces in Kenya were World War II veterans as were a number of the Mau Mau fighters Churchill was even Prime Minister for the first part of the Emergency And yet Elkins uotes British veterans of the Japanese POW camps stating approvingly that the Pipeline was worse Other members of the British security forces are uoted as unselfconsciously describing themselves as being part of a Kenyan Gestapo and not because they were horrified by what they were doing In the meantime the British government was working hard at finding legal loopholes in various human rights conventions that the British themselves had been instrumental in creating as part of what was supposed to be the framework of a new better world order 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 themselvesThe other amazing thing of course is how little of this is known The Pipeline should be just as much a byword for cruelty as the gulag and yet much of this history was unknown even to a highly educated person with an interest in history like me There are some obvious reasons for this of course for Americans the Soviets were the enemy while the British were allies the people in the gulag were white while those in the Pipeline were black Cold War propaganda presumably meant that any claims by African anti colonial rebels were dismissed in the US although ironically enough the Cold War was also one of the reasons why the British were forced to allow Kenya to become independent the US was sick of Soviet propaganda exploiting anti colonial wars in Africa But Elkins also touches on one perhaps less obvious reason the post independence betrayal of the Kikuyu by their leaders in particular Kenya s first president Jomo Kenyatta During the Emergency Kenyatta imprisoned after a show trial was demonized as the head of the Mau Mau It was always clear that this was unfair but after his release it became clear just how unfair it was as Kenyatta worked closely with the British the white settlers and the Kikuyu loyalists who had become uite rich by confiscating the land and goods of other Kikuyu in the lead up to independence to ensure that the transition was smooth ie that none of the effects of the Emergency were undone and the only compensation paid out was that given to white settlers who abandoned their stolen land and went back to England or South Africa Sadly the final blow to the Kikuyu came from the man they thought would be their savior

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Read Imperial Reckoning The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya Free read Imperial Reckoning The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya ë PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Line Elkins has conducted exhaustive research to piece together the story unearthing reams of documents and interviewing several hundred Kikuyu survivors Britain's Gulag reveals what happened inside Kenya's detention camps as well as the efforts to conceal the truth Now for the first time we can understand the full savagery of the Mau Mau war and the ruthless determination with which Britain sought to control its empir The author discloses in the beginning of the book that this book was borne from her dissertation and it reads as a dissertation Elkin s central argument is that Britain deliberately and knowingly skirted around its own domestic and international laws in order to brutally crush the Kikuyu Mau Mau movement with torture maiming and widespread killing and indefinite detention of suspects They did so because the dehumanization of the Kikuyu already deep rooted in pervasive racism of the time allowed any acts of violence from the Kikuyu to be seen as as a savage animalistic threat to the survival of Kenya s white settler community and the very existence of the Britain s civilizing mission while simultaneously seeing any Kikuyu grievances about British colonial policy as illegitimate and baseless and therefore unresolvable through official channels of redress available to the Kikuyu The irony that Britain s Colonial office was willing to stoop to genital mutilation beatings to the death and indefinite prison camps in order to protect their right to enlighten and civilize their colony does not slip by unnoticedThe author presents her argument based on extensive research including available government documentation memoirs papers and oral histories Therefore this is not a broad scoped history of Kenya but a very tightly narrated one focused on the Mau Mau uprising the British and white settler response and how this all shaped Kenya s ultimate independence and emergence of it s first leader after independence Jomo Kenyatta For that reason this is not a good first introduction to colonialism in Africa or for Kenyan history A reader will get the most out of this book when they already have a basic knowledge of Britain s colonial empire it s general colonial policies and the time lines of its conuest and withdrawal of its colonial territories The author does touch on these aspects when they are critical to understanding the context of the Mau Mau uprising but in keeping true to the purpose of her book she does not expand on them and a general reader that does not have any previous knowledge of historical context will very likely be overwhelmed trying to play catch up with all the names dates and facts that are important supporting figures to the main textual argument here 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 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 supposedly democratic governance I found this book to be well thought out well supported her argument convincing and well grounded in fact and her bibliography thorough and extensive This is a definite read for someone interested in taking a deeper look at an important timeline in Kenyan and British history