IMPACT OF MAU MAU UPRISING ON THE KENYA NATIONALISM

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IMPACT OF MAU MAU UPRISING ON THE KENYA NATIONALISM

ABSTRACT

The Kikuyu, the largest ethnic group in Kenya, resisted colonial authority, which culminated into what became known as Mau Mau, led by the Kenya Land Freedom Army. During this time, the British colonial government imposed laws limiting their access to land, politics, and independence. The turbulent 1950s in Kenyan history should be considered a revolution because of its violent nature, the high level of participation, and overall social change that resulted from the war. I explained the historical background of  revolution, Mau Mau in modern historiography and the growth of nationalist uprising in Kenya. I concluded that Mau Mau should be considered a revolution even though its representation during the war and misunderstandings after independence did not classify it as such

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