Mau Mau and Nationhood (Paperback)

Arms, Authority, and Narration (Eastern African Studies)

By E.S. Atieno Odhiambo, John Lonsdale (Contributions by), E. S. Atieno Odhiambo (Editor)

Ohio University Press, 9780821414842, 320pp.

Publication Date: January 31, 2003

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (1/31/2003)

List Price: 29.95*
* Individual store prices may vary.


Fifty years after the declaration of the state of emergency, Mau Mau still excites argument and controversy, not least in Kenya itself. Mau Mau and Nationhood is a collection of essays providing the most recent thinking on the uprising and its aftermath.

The work of well-established scholars as well as of young researchers with fresh perspectives, Mau Mau and Nationhood achieves a multilayered analysis of a subject of enduring interest. According to Terence Ranger, Emeritus Rhodes Professor, Oxford, “In some ways the historiography of Mau Mau is a supreme example not only of ambiguity and complexity, but also of redemption of a topic once thought incapable of rational analysis.”

About the Author

E. S. Atieno Odhiambo was a professor of history at Rice University. He is the author of The Paradox of Collaboration and Other Essays, and Siaya: Politics and Nationalism in East Africa, 1905-1939. He is the editor of African Historians and African Voices and coeditor, with David William Cohen, of The Risks of Knowledge.John Lonsdale is a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.

Praise For Mau Mau and Nationhood: Arms, Authority, and Narration (Eastern African Studies)

“A thousand words can never do justice to this tremendous collection, so I will state at the outset that it is a must read.”—Cynthia Brantley, American Historical Review