Mau Mau Uprising

Mau Mau

Mau Mau (mou´ mou´), secret insurgent organization in Kenya, comprising mainly Kikuyu tribespeople. They were bound by oath to force the expulsion of white settlers from Kenya. In 1952 the Mau Mau began reprisals against the Europeans, especially in the "white highlands," claimed as Kikuyu lands. The settlers retaliated and non-participant Kikuyu were killed by the Mau Mau. Jomo Kenyatta and other nationalist leaders were imprisoned. By 1956, however, British troops had hunted down the Mau Mau in the mountain forests. Most leaders were captured and executed. Later the entire Kikuyu tribe was resettled within a guarded area. The state of emergency decreed (1952) in Kenya was ended in 1960 and Kenyatta was released; he subsequently became prime minister (1963) upon independence, and president (1964) when the country became a republic.

See study by D. Branch (2009).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

The Mau Mau War in Perspective
Frank Furedi.
James Currey, 1989
State of Emergency: The Full Story of Mau Mau
Fred Majdalany.
Houghton Mifflin, 1963
Mau Mau from Below
Greet Kershaw.
James Currey, 1997
Defeating Mau Mau
L. S. B. Leakey.
Methuen, 1954
Mau Mau and the Kikuyu
L. S. B. Leakey.
Methuen, 1952
Jomo Kenyatta: Towards Truth about "The Light of Kenya"
George Delf.
Doubleday, 1961
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Mau Mau in multiple chapters
The Kenyatta Election: Kenya 1960-1961
George Bennett; Carl G. Rosenberg.
Oxford University Press, 1961
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Mau Mau in multiple chapters
Decolonization & Independence in Kenya, 1940-93
B. A. Ogot; W. R. Ochieng.
James Currey, 1995
Mau Mau - 30 Years Later
Newsinger, John.
Monthly Review, Vol. 37, May 1985
Reluctant Rebels: Comparative Studies of Revolution and Underdevelopment
John Walton.
Columbia University Press, 1984
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "The Mau-Mau Revolt"
Kenya: The Hola Massacre: On 3 March 1959, 11 Kenyas Were Bludgeoned to Death and Many More Were Maimed by British Colonial Forces at a Camp in Hola in the East Coast Province. President Mwai Kibaki's Government Has Now Cleared the Way for the British Government to Be Sued for Reparations. Wanjohi Kabukuru Traces the Systematic Torture That Was the Hallmakr of British Rule during the Mau Mau Years
Kabukuru, Wanjohi.
New African, No. 424, December 2003
Ideology, Theory, and Revolution: Lessons from the Mau Mau of Kenya
Mazrui, Al-Amin.
Monthly Review, Vol. 39, September 1987
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