The Palgrave handbook of Kenyan history / Wanjala S. Nasong'o, Maurice N. Amutabi, Toyin Falola, editors.

  • Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2023]
  • ©2023
xvi, 265 pages : tables, color map ; 25 cm


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This volume covers Kenya's history, society, culture, economics, politics, and environment from precolonial times through the first years of independence. The book comprises twenty-one chapters divided into two parts. Part I focuses on the long precolonial moment, detailing the nature of precolonial Kenyan societies and their economics, politics, gender dynamics, and social organization. Part II examines Kenyan societies encounters with British colonialism, critically outlining the impact and implications of these encounters. The volume concludes with an examination of political consolidation after the country's attainment of political independence and the subsequent foundations for political authoritarianism. Wanjala S. Nasongo is Professor of International Studies at Rhodes College in Memphis, USA. Maurice N. Amutabi is Professor and Director of the Center for Science and Technology Studies at the Technical University of Kenya. Toyin Falola is Professor of History, University Distinguished Teaching Professor, and the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin, USA. He is an honorary professor at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and Extraordinary Professor of Human Rights at the University of the Free State, South Africa. .
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • 1. Introduction: Kenya in Historical Perspective; Wanjala S. Nasongo, Maurice N. Amutabi, Toyin Falola
  • Part I: The Long Precolonial Moment
  • 2. The Bantu Origin, Migration, and Settlement in Kenya; Pius Kakai Wanyonyi
  • 3. The Migration of Nilotes and their Settlement; Opolot Okia
  • 4. Cushitic Migration and Settlement in Kenya; Maurice N. Amutabi
  • 5. The Arrival of Arabs and Asians in Kenya; Julius Nabende
  • 6. Kingdoms, Politics, and State Formation in Pre-colonial Kenya; Kennedy M. Moindi
  • 7. Traditional Families and Social Networks in Kenya; Tom G. Ondicho
  • 8. Pre-Colonial Economic Activities: Crafts, Industry, and Trade; Kennedy M. Moindi
  • Part II: Colonial Encounters
  • 9. The Colonial Political Economy in Kenya; Kennedy M. Moindi
  • 10. The Kenyan Shilling: History of an East African Currency; Isaac Tarus
  • 11. Colonial Agricultural Development; Martin S. Shanguhyia
  • 12. The Impact of World Wars I and II on Kenya; Samuel Alfayo Nyanchoga
  • 13. Politics and Social Life in White Settler Towns; Maurice N. Amutabi and Linnet Hamasi
  • 14. The Environment Under Colonialism; Martin S. Shanguhyia
  • 15. The Mass Media and Cultural Change; Kibiwott Kurgat and Caren Jerop
  • 16. The Influence of Pioneer Schools and Makerere University on the Kenyas Post-Colonial Development; Peter Otiato Ojiambo and Margaret W. Njeru
  • 17. African Women in Colonial Kenya, 1900-1963; Julius Simiyu Nabende and Martha Wangari Musalia
  • 18. The Trade Union Movement in Colonial and Postcolonial Kenya; Magdalene Ndeto Bore
  • 19. The Rise of Anti-Colonial Nationalism; Robert M. Maxon
  • 20. Lancaster House Independence Constitutional Negotiations, 1960-1963; Robert M. Maxon
  • 21. Political Consolidation and the Rise of Single-Party Authoritarianism; Wanjala S. Nasongo.
Other title(s)
  • Handbook of Kenyan history
  • Kenyan history
  • 9783031094866 ((hardbound))
  • 3031094867 ((hardbound))
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  • 9783031094866
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