The enemy within: loyalists and the war against Mau Mau in Kenya

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The enemy within: loyalists and the war against Mau Mau in Kenya

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Title: The enemy within: loyalists and the war against Mau Mau in Kenya
Author: Branch, Daniel
Citation: 48(2), pp. 291-315
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Journal: The Journal of African History
Date Issued: 2007-07
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10036/30200
DOI: 10.1017/S0021853707002812
Links: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayIssue?jid=AFH&volumeId=48&issueId=02 http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=1320536
Abstract: Between 1952 and 1960, the British colonial government of Kenya waged a violent counter-insurgency campaign against the Mau Mau rebels. In this effort the regime was assisted by collaborators, known as loyalists, drawn from the same communities as the insurgents. Based primarily on new archival sources, this article sets out the history of loyalism, stresses the ambiguity of allegiances during the conflict and argues that loyalism was a product of the same intellectual debates that had spawned the Mau Mau insurgency. The article concludes by stressing the significance for postcolonial Kenya of this history.
Type: Article
Description: The article was prepared while the author was a fellow of the Program for Order, Conflict and Violence at Yale. Published version. 12 month embargo. Article will be released August 2008.
Keywords: KenyaMau Mauconflictdecolonizationloyalismrebellion
ISSN: 0021-8537
Funders/Sponsor: Arts and Humanities Research Council


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