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Kenya: Between Hope and Despair, 1963-2011
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 theExpand
Democratization, sequencing, and state failure in Africa: Lessons from Kenya
In order to complement ongoing current empirical research, this article draws wider lessons from the crisis that grew out of the disputed Kenyan presidential election of December 2007. Looking beyondExpand
The politics of control in Kenya: Understanding the bureaucratic-executive state, 1952–78
Colonial rule in Kenya witnessed the emergence of a profoundly unbalanced institutional landscape. With all capacity resided in a strong prefectural provincial administration, political partiesExpand
Defeating Mau Mau, Creating Kenya: Counterinsurgency, Civil War, and Decolonization
This book details the devastating Mau Mau civil war fought in Kenya during the 1950s and the legacies of that conflict for the post-colonial state. As many Kikuyu fought with the colonial governmentExpand
  • D. Branch
  • History
  • The Journal of African History
  • 1 July 2007
ABSTRACT Between 1952 and 1960, the British colonial government of Kenya waged a violent counter-insurgency campaign against the Mau Mau rebels. In this effort the regime was assisted byExpand
Political Traffic: Kenyan Students in Eastern and Central Europe, 1958–69
  • D. Branch
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Contemporary History
  • 23 July 2018
This article explores the experiences of Kenyan students in the Soviet Union, Bulgaria and other communist states between 1958 and 1969. Existing studies of student mobility from Kenya in this periodExpand
Imprisonment and colonialism in Kenya, c.1930-1952 : Escaping the carceral archipelago
In the three decades since Michel Foucault rejuvenated the study of prisons,1 historians of Europe, North America, and Australasia2 have enthusiastically accepted the intellectual challenges posed byExpand
The Search for the Remains of Dedan Kimathi: The Politics of Death and Memorialization in Post-Colonial Kenya
Modern Kenyan history is full of eloquent corpses. Certain remains, through the debates and silences that surround them, articulate lucidly what it has meant to be a citizen or subject of colonialExpand
The airlift : African students overseas in the era of decolonization
The attendance of African students at universities in North America, Europe and Asia in the 1960s is a significant part of the interlinked histories of decolonization and the Cold War.
Why Kenya Invaded Somalia