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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Mau Mau Uprising: Selected full-text books and articles

The Mau Mau War in Perspective By Frank Furedi James Currey, 1989
Mau Mau from Below By Greet Kershaw James Currey, 1997
Defeating Mau Mau By L. S. B. Leakey Methuen, 1954
Mau Mau and the Kikuyu By L. S. B. Leakey Methuen, 1952
Jomo Kenyatta: Towards Truth about "The Light of Kenya" By George Delf Doubleday, 1961
Librarian's tip: Discussion of Mau Mau in multiple chapters
The Kenyatta Election: Kenya 1960-1961 By 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 By B. A. Ogot; W. R. Ochieng James Currey, 1995
Mau Mau - 30 Years Later By Newsinger, John Monthly Review, Vol. 37, May 1985
Reluctant Rebels: Comparative Studies of Revolution and Underdevelopment By John Walton Columbia University Press, 1984
Librarian's tip: Chap. 4 "The Mau-Mau Revolt"
Ideology, Theory, and Revolution: Lessons from the Mau Mau of Kenya By Mazrui, Al-Amin Monthly Review, Vol. 39, September 1987
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