Kenyatta and Britain

An Account of Political Transformation, 1929-1963

  • W. O. Maloba

Part of the African Histories and Modernities book series (AHAM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. W. O. Maloba
    Pages 1-7
  3. W. O. Maloba
    Pages 45-80
  4. W. O. Maloba
    Pages 195-222
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 273-295

About this book


This book is the first systematic political history of Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya’s founding president. The first of two parts, it explores Kenyatta’s formative years in nationalist activism in Kenya and Britain, the complex links between colonial and British intelligence services and Kenyatta’s career and the political compromise he forged between Kenya and Britain. This book draws on primary sources to analyze this compromise, which marked his transformation from "leader to darkness and death" to the most beloved post-colonial African leader in the West. 


Jomo Kenyatta in Britain Britain's East African territories Kenyan nationalism African chiefs in Kikuyuland postcolonial Kenya Pan Africanism in Kenya British postwar colonial policy cause of the Mau Mau rebellion communism and Mau Mau Oginga Odinga Malcolm MacDonald

Authors and affiliations

  • W. O. Maloba
    • 1
  1. 1.University of DelawareNewarkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-50894-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-50895-5
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