Ethnicity and Empire in Kenya
Loyalty and Martial Race among the Kamba, c.1800 to the Present
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- Author: Myles Osborne, University of Colorado Boulder
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This book is about the creation and development of ethnic identity among the Kamba. Comprising approximately one-eighth of Kenya’s population, the British considered the Kamba East Africa’s premier "martial race" by the mid-twentieth century: a people with an apparent aptitude for soldiering. The reputation, indeed, was one that Kamba leaders used to leverage financial rewards from the colonial state. However, beneath this simplistic exterior was a maelstrom of argument and debate. Men and women, young and old, Christians and non-Christians, and the elite and poor fought over the virtues they considered worthy of honor in their communities, and which of their visions should constitute "Kamba" identity. Based on extensive archival research and more than 150 interviews, Ethnicity and Empire is one of the first books to analyze the complex process of building and shaping "tribe" over more than two centuries. It reveals new ways to think about themes crucial to the history of colonialism: soldiering, "loyalty", martial race, and indeed the nature of empire itself.Read more
- One of the only treatments of the development of ethnicity over a 200-year period
- Provides the first historical account of the Kamba, one of Kenya's most populous ethnic groups
- Rethinks notions of 'martial race' and 'loyalty'
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- Date Published: September 2014
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781316056905
- contains: 6 b/w illus. 3 maps
- availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
Table of Contents
1. Traders, warriors, and hunters
2. Red dirt, red strangers
3. Of volunteers and conscripts
4. The destocking episode
5. War and demobilization
6. Controlling development
7. Mau Mau
8. Independence and beyond
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