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Author: Amadeo Bordiga
Editor: Pietro Basso

, the workers will be out of work and won’t be able to buy a pound either. This, en bref , is why Black Friday is still to come, and blacker than ever before. One solution is to stuff with bread the peoples that until now have eaten millet, rice or bananas. (Who can say that the Mau Mau get

In: The Science and Passion of Communism

self-positioning in the changing social landscape of colonial Kenya. Their conversion to Christianity was expressed through specific narratives constructing the past, in classroom essays, but also in autobiographies produced on missionary presses. Subsequently, it was participants in the Mau Mau

In: The Individual in African History

Kikuyu’s unmet expectations led to the Mau Mau rebellion, and the Samburu continued to rebel against the settlers’ presence in the northern Laikipia ranches throughout the colonial period. 70 The klc represented the first coherent protest over land rights by the Africans, and it became a point

In: The Contested Lands of Laikipia
Histories of Claims and Conflict in a Kenyan Landscape
Pastoralists, ranchers of European descent, conservationists, smallholders, and land investors with political influence converge on the Laikipia plateau in Kenya. Land is claimed by all - the tactics differ. Private property rights are presented, histories of presence are told, charges of immorality are applied, fences are electrified and some resort to violence. The region, marked by enclosures, is left as a tense fragmented frontier.
Marie Gravesen embedded herself in the region prior to a wave of land invasions that swept the plateau leading up to Kenya’s 2017 general election. Through a rich telling of the history of Laikipia’s social, political and environmental dynamics, she invites a deeper understanding of the pre-election violence and general tensions as never done before.
The manuscript is a revised version of the author's dissertation accepted by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Cologne in 2018.

the 1950s Mau Mau revolt, and these years retrospectively tend to overshadow rebellions among other parts of the African population, the most obvious power struggle in the 1930s was not that between the Kikuyu and the white settlers. Rather, it was that between white settlers in the Crown Lands and

In: The Contested Lands of Laikipia

and steady development’), Ethi (‘somebody who is looking hard for something’), Mwireri (‘helping oneself’) and Kihato (‘the broom of the village,’ referring to the control of people during the Mau Mau emergency); 149 all refer to a Kikuyu narrative of being responsible and self-reliant in the

In: The Contested Lands of Laikipia
Author: Brien Hallett

effect, these other social institutions now claimed the status of “Lesser Magistrate” empowered to “to curb the tyranny of kings.” A partial list would include the Indian National Congress , the Chinese Communist Party , the Mau Mau Movement , the Southern Christian Leadership Conference , the Vietnamese

In: Nurturing the Imperial Presidency

charismatic religious leaders with roles that could be defined as ‘political’. At the end of the 1950s, Max Gluckman was working on the rebellion of the Mau Mau in Kenya as a local form of emerging anticolonial movement, while colonial authorities still interpreted their ritualised or uncontrolled expressions

In: Revisiting Gramsci’s Notebooks

”: “Tradition” and “Innovation” in Okiek Ceremonies,’ Comparative Studies in Society and History 35, no. 1 (1 January 1993), pp. 30–65. 81 Lynch, I Say to You . 82 Shipton, Mortgaging the Ancestors . 83 Tabitha Kanogo, Squatters and the Roots of Mau Mau , 1905–63 (London: James

In: The Contested Lands of Laikipia

Zwanenberg, The Agricultural History of Kenya to 1939 , p. 8. 78 Van Zwanenberg, The Agricultural History of Kenya to 1939 . 79 Throup, Economic and Social Origins of Mau Mau ; Berry, ‘Debating the Land Question in Africa.’ 80 Berry, ‘Debating the Land Question in Africa,’ p. 646

In: The Contested Lands of Laikipia