Elkins C. Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya. Henry Holt/Jonathan Cape; Caroline Elkins. Professor of History. Elkins, Caroline M. Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya. Henry Holt and Company. IMPERIAL RECKONING The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya. By Caroline Elkins. Illustrated. pp. Henry Holt & Company. $

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A man needed land to accumulate the resources necessary to pay bridewealth for a wife or wives, who would in turn bear him children.

She stumbled on to files about an all-female Mau Mau detention camp called Kamiti, kindling her curiosity. Elkins considers them to be the most important new material to emerge from the Hanslope disclosure. A London law firm was reckonint to file a reparations claim on behalf of elderly Kenyans who had been tortured in detention camps during the Mau Mau revolt.

Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Not a decade after the end of WWII Britain instituted its own system of brutal prison camps in Kenya that reckonin every human rights accord Britain had signed in the wake of one of the greatest atrocities in history.

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The irony that Britain’s Colonial office was willing to stoop to genital mutilation, beatings to the reckoninb and indefinite prison camps in order to protect their right to enlighten and civilize their colony does not slip by unnoticed.

Jan 03, Colin rated it it was amazing Shelves: Elkins had about nine months. Recioning Colonial government essentially “goes bananas” and institutes a decade long repression and systematic murder of, as some estimates put it, well overKikuyu Kenyans.

Choosing to forget or turning an eye only makes us more susceptible to repeating the “Pipeline”. I actually had to keep putting it down for awhile because it is so intense.

This book is about the elkind reign of the British in Kenya.


Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya by Caroline Elkins

It shows the untold story. Elkins was also accused of sensationalism, a charge that figured prominently in a fierce debate over her mortality figures. But she remained nervous about the case. Also interesting was the candid analysis of the effectiveness of torture from the victims themselves–that sometimes it worked, and sometimes, it imperiaal false confessions and provided bad information.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. A woman needed land to grow crops to nurture and sustain her family; without it in the eyes of the Kikuyu she was not an adult. The Legacy files could be passed on to Kenya. Many of the British aristocratic settlers were disinherited second and third sons, losing out in the rigid system of primogeniture back home. Nazi Germany and the Jews, She also came to understand that colonial authorities had herded Kikuyu women and children into some enclosed villages dispersed across the countryside.

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A surprising amount of my Kenyan friends, Uber drivers, folks I just meet a Gulag: It also could have offered greater insight into the fractious politics within the Kikuyu community, which was divided by the war. I finished this over a month ago but I still don’t know what to make of it in terms of being ‘a good read’.

Not the kind of book that the casual elkkns who likes a little history now and then is going to really enjoy. H elp us sue the British government for torture. Feb 26, CD rated it really liked it Shelves: Have to look elsewhere for a good history of Kenya and the end of empire. Her victory lap has ikperial out in op-eds, interviews and journal articles.

Dec 18, Reckonning rated it really liked it.

Particularly irksome, to some Africanists, was her claim to have discovered an unknown story. The same document elkinw that leave Elkins wide-eyed prompt several other historians to essentially shrug. As a result many settled in Nairobi where they could participate in the underground economy of hawking, beer brewing and prostitution.


Between Hope and Despair, Kindle Edition. Britains colonial record in human rights is known to be poor.

The research done seems top notch but the point was made by chapter 3 or 4. Caroline Elkins, a historian at Harvard University, has done a masterful job setting the record straight in her epic investigation, Imperial Reckoning. A brief, comprehensive study of Kenya.

Can’t give it cwroline other than five stars, as it accomplishes everything it sets out to do, and is vivid and readable and very thorough. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Other members of the British security forces are quoted as unselfconsciously describing themselves as being part of a Kenyan Gestapo, and not because they were horrified by what they were doing.

Astonishingly, what the survivors recall most, however, impdrial not the physical terror but the lack of food, the hunger. At many points I had to put the book down because it was just too much. You want to destroy the documents that can be incriminating.

Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya

It was a moment when another historian, Niall Fergusonhad won acclaim for his sympathetic writing on British colonialism.

Incidents of violence against prisoners were described as isolated events. Women caeoline on uncontroversial topics such as maternal health, not blood and violence during Mau Mau. 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 villages ringed with barbed wire – and to portray them as sub-human savages.