The Mau Mau Uprising Analytical Essay by tony22279

The Mau Mau Uprising
A look at the causes and main events of the Mau Mau revolution/revolt in Kenya.
# 128536 | 1,247 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Jul 27, 2010 in History (African)

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The Mau Mau Movement, or Mau Mau Uprising, in Kenya was a revolt by the Kikuyu tribe, native Kenyans, against the imperialistic efforts of Britain in the 1950s. This paper describes the British motivation for colonizing in Africa and how this colonization and mistreatment of natives led to the uprising. The paper also examines how, although suffering military defeat, the Kenyans were ultimately successful in rebelling against the British imperialistic efforts.

From the Paper:

"In 1952, all of the pent up unrest transformed into hostility as the Kikuyu people began attacking not only British colonists, but "loyal" (to the British) members of their own tribe as well. Continued attacks eventually led to what could be considered a war between the British and the colonists resulting in a clear military victory for the British. However, the conflict is best described as a battle amongst the Kikuyu people between the working class, and those favored by the British. Over the course of what the British settlers named the Mau Mau Rebellion there were only 32 European settlers killed, and less than 200 casualties. On the other hand, more than 1800 Africans were killed by the Mau Mau rebels, and likewise, more than 20,000 of the rebels themselves died. Clearly, these statistics demonstrate that the main focus of aggression in the conflict was amongst the Africans themselves, and rarely involved the British. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Anderson, David. Histories of the Hanged: The Dirty War in Kenya and the End of Empire. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2005.
  • Dane Kennedy, "Constructing the Colonial Myth of Mau Mau," The International Journal of African Historical Studies, Vol. 25, No. 2 (1992): 241 - 260, (accessed January 28, 2007).
  • Davidson, Basil. Modern Africa: A Social and Political History. 3rd ed. England: Pearson Educated Limited, 1994.
  • E.S. Atieno-Odhiambo, "The Production of History in Kenya: The Mau Mau Debate," Canadian Jounal of African Studies, Vol 25, No. 2 (1991): 300 - 307, (accessed January 28, 2007).
  • Macharia, Kinutha, and Kanyua, Muigai. The Social Context of the Mau Mau Movement in Kenya. Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, 2006.

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