Kenya and Britain after Independence

Beyond Neo-Colonialism

  • Poppy Cullen

Part of the Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series book series (CIPCSS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Making Policy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 35-35
    2. Poppy Cullen
      Pages 37-76
    3. Poppy Cullen
      Pages 77-108
  3. Policy-making and the Anglo-Kenyan Relationship, 1963–1980

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
    2. Poppy Cullen
      Pages 261-268
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 269-272

About this book


This book explores British post-colonial foreign policy towards Kenya from 1963 to 1980. It reveals the extent and nature of continued British government influence in Kenya after independence. It argues that this was not simply about neo-colonialism, and Kenya’s elite had substantial agency to shape the relationship. The first section addresses how policy was made and the role of High Commissions and diplomacy. It emphasises contingency, with policy produced through shared interests and interaction with leading Kenyans. It argues that British policy-makers helped to create and then reinforced Kenya’s neo-patrimonialism. The second part examines the economic, military, personal and diplomatic networks which successive British governments sustained with independent Kenya. A combination of interlinked interests encouraged British officials to place a high value on this relationship, even as their world commitments diminished.

This book appeals to those interested in Kenyan history, post-colonial Africa, British foreign policy, and forms of diplomacy and policy-making.


Mau Mau African History British History Colonialism Foreign Policy

Authors and affiliations

  • Poppy Cullen
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Cambridge CambridgeUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-56275-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-56276-6
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