Frank Furedi

Frank Furedi is in the Chair at the Department of Development Studies at the University of Kent at Canterbury.

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The book breaks new ground in following the story of the participants of the rural movement during the decade after the defeat of the Mau Mau. New archival sources and interviews provide exciting material on the mechanics of the sociology of decolonization and on the containment of rural radicalism in Kenya. For the first time an account of decolonization in Kenya based on primary sources is offered to the reader.

“This promises to be a powerful book: well balanced, well researched, thought-provoking and readable. It has come to grips with many of the questions that have been implicitly raised by Kanogo (1987), Throup (1987), and Spencer (1985). Its particular strengths lie in its attention to: the forest squatters, the role of squatter traders in the townships, and in the fact that it was not the settlers but the Emergency that finally broke the back of squatterdom in the highlands.”

A. S. Atieno Odhiambo, professor of history, Rice University