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Facing Mount Kenya

Author : Jomo Kenyatta
ISBN : 1846555523
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Besides its continuing value for an understanding of the problems of Kenya, IFacing Mount Kenya/I has an enduring place in the literature of social anthropology. As Professor Malinowski wrote in his introduction, it 'is a really competent and instructive contribution to African ethnography by a scholar of pure African parentage... As a first-hand account of a representative African culture, as an invaluable document in the principles underlying culture-contact and change; last, but not least, as a personal statement of the new outlook of a progressive African, this book will rank as a pioneering achievement of outstanding merit'.I/I

Facing Mount Kenya

Author : Jomo Kenyatta
ISBN : LCCN:63041204
Genre : Ethnology
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A Bishop Facing Mount Kenya

Author : Obadiah Kariuki
ISBN : UVA:X001276831
Genre : Anglican Communion
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No Picnic On Mount Kenya

Author : Felice Benuzzi
ISBN : 9780857053756
Genre : History
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A rediscovered mountaineering classic and the extraordinary true story of a daring escape up Mount Kenya by three prisoners of war. When the clouds covering Mount Kenya part one morning to reveal its towering peaks for the first time, prisoner of war Felice Benuzzi is transfixed. The tedium of camp life is broken by the beginnings of a sudden idea - an outrageous, dangerous, brilliant idea. There are not many people who would break out of a P.O.W. camp, trek for days across perilous terrain before climbing the north face of Mount Kenya with improvised equipment, meagre rations, and with a picture of the mountain on a tin of beef among their more accurate guides. There are probably fewer still who would break back in to the camp on their return. But this is the remarkable story of three such men. No Picnic on Mount Kenya is a powerful testament to the human spirit of revolt and adventure in even the darkest of places. "The history of mountaineering can hardly present a parallel to this mad but thrilling escapade" - Saturday Review "A most extraordinary prisoner-of-war and escape story" - New Yorker "A mad venture and a gallant tribute to man's deep yearning for freedom" - Kirkus Reviews "The book crackles with the same dry humour as its title. It contains the prison-yard bartering and candlelight stitching that mark a classic jailbreak yarn; the encounters with wild beasts in Mount Kenya's forest belt are as gripping, and the descriptions of sparkling glaciers as awe-inspiring, as any passage in the great exploration diaries of the early 20th century" - The Economist
Category: History

Facing Mount Kenya

Author : Jomo Kenyatta
ISBN : UOM:39015025543615
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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An eminent scholar and nationalistic leader presents a study of African tribal life as represented in his own Kikuyu society
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Imperial Reckoning

Author : Caroline Elkins
ISBN : 1429900296
Genre : History
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A major work of history that for the first time reveals the violence and terror at the heart of Britain's civilizing mission in Kenya As part of the Allied forces, thousands of Kenyans fought alongside the British in World War II. But just a few years after the defeat of Hitler, the British colonial government detained nearly the entire population of Kenya's largest ethnic minority, the Kikuyu-some one and a half million people. The compelling story of the system of prisons and work camps where thousands met their deaths has remained largely untold-the victim of a determined effort by the British to destroy all official records of their attempts to stop the Mau Mau uprising, the Kikuyu people's ultimately successful bid for Kenyan independence. Caroline Elkins, an assistant professor of history at Harvard University, spent a decade in London, Nairobi, and the Kenyan countryside interviewing hundreds of Kikuyu men and women who survived the British camps, as well as the British and African loyalists who detained them. The result is an unforgettable account of the unraveling of the British colonial empire in Kenya-a pivotal moment in twentieth- century history with chilling parallels to America's own imperial project. Imperial Reckoning is the winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction.
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Author : Daniel Branch
ISBN : 9780300180640
Genre : Kenya
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On December 12, 1963, people across Kenya joyfully celebrated independence from British colonial rule, anticipating a bright future of prosperity and social justice. As the nation approaches the fiftieth anniversary of its independence, however, the people's dream remains elusive. During its first five decades Kenya has experienced assassinations, riots, coup attempts, ethnic violence, and political corruption. The ranks of the disaffected, the unemployed, and the poor have multiplied. In this authoritative and insightful account of Kenya's history from 1963 to the present day, Daniel Branch sheds new light on the nation's struggles and the complicated causes behind them. Branch describes how Kenya constructed itself as a state and how ethnicity has proved a powerful force in national politics from the start, as have disorder and violence. He explores such divisive political issues as the needs of the landless poor, international relations with Britain and with the Cold War superpowers, and the direction of economic development. Tracing an escalation of government corruption over time, the author brings his discussion to the present, paying particular attention to the rigged election of 2007, the subsequent compromise government, and Kenya's prospects as a still-evolving independent state.
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Methods Of Study Of Culture Contact In Africa

Author : Bronislaw Malinowski
ISBN : 9781473394261
Genre : History
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This antique text contains a detailed treatise on the contacting of indigenous tribes and communities on the continent of Africa. This brochure is a reprint of a series of papers that appeared during 1934, 1935 and 1936 in the journal of the African Institute, the sponsor of the field-work out of which these discussions arose. Since all the contributors write from their first-hand experience, the essays have that peculiarly attractive freshness that can only come when those faced with problems of method describe and evaluate the devices they employ with the difficulties that face them in the course of their research. This text has been elected for modern republication due to its educational and historical value, and we are proud to republish it here complete with a new introductory biography of the author. Bronisław Kasper Malinowski (1884–1942) was a Polish anthropologist,who is commonly hailed as one of the most influential anthropologists of the 20th-century.
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Author : Charles Hornsby
ISBN : 9781780765013
Genre : History
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Kenya's independence has always been circumscribed by its failure to transcend its colonial past; its governments have failed to achieve adequate living conditions for most of its citizens; and its politics have been fraught with controversy. The author demonstrates how independent Kenya's politics have been dominated by a struggle to deliver security, impartiality, efficiency and growth, but how the legacies of the past have continued to undermine their achievement, making the long-term future of Kenya far from certain.
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