The movement [Mau Mau] was radicalised by a militant leadership that emerged from the trade union movement in Nairobi … the fact is that without their participation a sustained revolt would not have been possible - Newsinger (2006).
“This booklet, along with such classic accounts as Barnett’s and Njama’s Mau Mau From Within, is a fitting tribute to the pioneers in the struggle against imperialism and their martyred leader, Dedan Kimaathi” Egil Hjelmervik, Fight Racism Fight Imperialism (1993) - Review of Durrani’s Kimaathi, Mau Mau’s First Prime Minister of Kenya.
Compensation for what happened may be paid, an apology may be given but the lives lost, the villages burnt, the reign of terror the British imposed in a colonial era that was rapidly approaching the sunset, will never be forgotten - Jeremy Corbyn (2012).
Shiraz Durrani is a British-Kenyan library science professional noted for his writings on the social and political dimensions of information and librarianship. His other books include Never Be Silent: Publishing and Imperialism in Kenya, 1884-1963 (2006); Progressive Librarianship: Perspectives from Kenya and Britain, 1979-2010 (2014); Information and Liberation: Writings on the Politics of Information and Librarianship (2008). Durrani edited Makhan Singh, A Revolutionary Kenyan Trade Unionist (2016).
CONTENTS: Foreword by Dr. Willy Mutunga; Introducing Kenya’s War of Independence: Resistance Before Mau Mau, Trade Unions Light a Spark; Mau Mau, 1948-1960; The Final Stage; Transition to Neocolonialism; Uhuru, 1963:
Underground Organised Resistance. References & Bibliography. Appendices: Jeremy Corbyn; Selected Documents; Research Aid: Mamon, Kenya Resistance, Repression & Revolt, A Timeline; Durrani, S: The Other Kenya: Underground and Alternative Literature.
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