Extensive archives belonging to the Mau Mau were long held by the British and were not made available widely. This book, written by one of the foremost researchers on the Mau Mau, is a result of years of village-level research which also recovered some of the movements most important papers. Translated into English, they clarify the movement's own perspectives on their struggle and it's difficulties, the relatively advanced nature of their goals as a national liberation movement, and their radical vision of a liberated Kenyan society. Dedan Kimathi became President of the Mau Mau's ruling body in August 1953, and remained as its overall leader until his capture and execution by the British two years later. During his time as president he ordered the movement to keep documentation for the purposes of providing, as he put it "concrete evidence that we fought and died for this land." This book is an important contribution to Kenyan history and the history of liberation movements around the world.
Colonial Justice and Popular Memory in Kenya’s Mau Mau Rebellion
Author: Julie MacArthur
Pubpsher: Ohio University Press
Perhaps no figure embodied the ambiguities, colonial fears, and collective imaginations of Kenya’s decolonization era more than Dedan Kimathi, the self-proclaimed field marshal of the rebel forces that took to the forests to fight colonial rule in the 1950s. Kimathi personified many of the contradictions that the Mau Mau rebellion represented: rebel statesman, literate peasant, modern traditionalist. His capture and trial in 1956, and subsequent execution, for many marked the end of the rebellion and turned Kimathi into a patriotic martyr. Dedan Kimathi on Trial unearths a piece of the colonial archive long thought lost, hidden, or destroyed. Its discovery and landmark publication unsettles an already contentious history and prompts fresh examinations of its reverberations in the present. Here, the entire trial transcript is available for the first time. This critical edition also includes provocative contributions from leading Mau Mau scholars reflecting on the meaning of the rich documents offered here and the figure of Kimathi in a much wider field of historical and contemporary concerns. These include the nature of colonial justice; the moral arguments over rebellion, nationalism, and the end of empire; and the complexities of memory and memorialization in contemporary Kenya. Contributors: David Anderson, Simon Gikandi, Nicholas Githuku, Lotte Hughes, and John Lonsdale. Introductory note by Willy Mutunga.
"Dedan Kimathi commanded the Land Freedom Army, the guerrilla movment more commonly known as 'Mau Mau', during Kenya's State of Emergency in the 1950s. Captured by colonial government forces in October 1956, he was tried and executed by hanging in February 1957"--Back cover.
Release on 2006 | by Ngugi wa Thiong'o,Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo,Reinhard Sander
Interviews with the Kenyan Writer
Author: Ngugi wa Thiong'o,Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo,Reinhard Sander
Pubpsher: Africa Research and Publications
Category: Literary Criticism
Ngugi wa Thiong'o's evolution as a thinker can be discerned in the conversations collected here. The earliest, recorded forty years ago, reflect his interest in exploring events in Kenya's colonial past that had a profound impact on his own people, the Kikuyu, and ultimately on his own life. More recent discussions focus on present conditions in Kenya and other parts of the Third World. – from publisher information.
Release on 2004 | by Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo,Micere Githae Mugo
A Reader's Companion
Author: Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo,Micere Githae Mugo
Category: Mau Mau
The Trial Of Dedan Kimathy Is An Important African Protest Play. It Is Based On Historical Facts And Depicts How Kenya Won Its Independence Through The Sacrifices Of Heroes Like Dedan Kimathy. The Present Book Offers A Comprehensive Study Of The Play, Covering Thematic And Technical Aspects.
In this important work, leading scholars in the fields of religion and anthropology discuss the thought patterns and religious traditions of charismatics throughout the world. By examining believers throughout the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe, the contributors provide a comprehensive overview of a charismatic tapestry that appears to transcend national, ethnic, racial, and class boundaries.