Britain's Gulag

Britain's Gulag The Brutal End of Empire in Kenya

Paperback (13 Mar 2014) | English

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Synopsis

Only a few years after Britain defeated fascism came the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya - a mass armed rebellion by the Kikuyu people, demanding the return of their land and freedom. The draconian response of Britain's colonial government was to detain nearly the entire Kikuyu population of 1.5 million and to portray them as sub-human savages. Detainees in their thousands - possibly a hundred thousand or more - died from exhaustion, disease, starvation and systemic physical brutality. For decades these events remained untold.

Caroline Elkins conducted years of research to piece together this story, unearthing reams of documents and interviewing several hundred Kikuyu survivors. Britain's Gulag reveals, for the first time, the full savagery of the Mau Mau war and the ruthless determination with which Britain sought to control its empire.

Book information

ISBN: 9781847922946
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: The Bodley Head
Pub date:
DEWEY: 967.6203
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xiv, 475
Weight: 600g
Height: 233mm
Width: 152mm
Spine width: 37mm