KAU's cultures: Imaginations of community and constructions of leadership in Kenya after the Second World War

  title={KAU's cultures: Imaginations of community and constructions of leadership in Kenya after the Second World War},
  author={John M. Lonsdale},
  journal={Journal of African Cultural Studies},
  pages={107 - 124}
  • J. Lonsdale
  • Published 1 June 2000
  • History
  • Journal of African Cultural Studies
The Kenya African Union or KAU, founded in 1944, banned in 1953, has commonly been seen as a fiasco. Failing to persuade the British to unseat Kenya's white settlers, it was unable to mobilize much African support or hold on to what it had. Mau Mau militants, who effectively won control of KAU in 1951, pursued violent resistance at the expense of a moderate pan-ethnic front. The British defeated Mau Mau but had to end the 'multi-racial' protection of white settlers and Indian business, to… 
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