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Chapter 1: Inside the Mau Mau Mind: "Returning the Imperial" Gaze in Centennial Perspective Chapter 2: White Man's Country: The Colonial Foundations and Legal Architecture of the Kenyan State Chapter 3: Colonial Rupture: African Experiential Anxiety of Transformation in Time, Space and Place, 1900-1951 Chapter 4: '52 Minds on Kenya's Destiny: The view from "the above" Chapter 5: Drudgery in Pyrrhic Victory: Whither the Fruits of Independence? Chapter 6: "Matigari ma Njirungi": Bifurcation, Atomization and Survival of the Mentalite of Struggle Chapter 7: "Bado Mapambano," Solidarity Forever: Latter Day Travails of Critical Publics Chapter 8: The Long Kenyan Century: A People's Elusive Quest for "the Good Life"

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Nicholas Kariuki Githuku is assistant professor of African history at York College, CUNY.


[T]here is much to be admired in this ambitious and unconventional approach. Githuku provides a richly detailed and passionately argued study that will be of interest to anyone who seeks to understand the making of the postcolonial state in Kenya and the continuing tensions and disaffections that lurk just beneath the surface of its modern political life. * The International Journal Of African Studies *
[This book] offers prospective readers a richly detailed analysis of the ways in which unresolved historical problems and injustices stemming from colonialism continue to haunt contemporary Kenya. * African Affairs *
Nicholas Githuku's history confronts [Kenya's] violence and its political effects head on. He asks new questions about Kenya's history, quotes previously unexamined evidence, and offers his readers important new insights. In all this he challenges his fellow Kenyans to join him in resurrecting their local historiography. -- John Lonsdale, Trinity College, Cambridge
To those who contend that the history of the colonial period is no longer of much consequence in recent developments and trends in Kenya and other parts of Africa, moreover, this book provides a detailed and powerful refutation. -- Robert M. Maxon, West Virginia University

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