At the time of this book’s original publication in 1938 the state if Kenya was exciting much interest and controversy and Miss Dilley’s work was recongnized as an important contribution towards understanding what was at once the most fascinating and the most difficult of all the colonial problems facing the British government.
This book is a specific study of British policy in Kenya during this period as the author felt this was particularly pertinent in light of the complexity of the situation in Kenya. The work begins with a survey of the geography, racial groups, history and government organizations of Kenya Colony and Miss Dilley than traces the development and application of the policy which the British Government expressly undertook to maintain – a trusteeship for native races. She also gives a fair and lucid account of the growth of political organizations among the European settlers and describes the history of such past controversies as the ‘Indian Question’ and land alienation. Finally there is a brief section on the application of the principle of trusteeship which deals with the labour question and the industrial and agricultural problems of the colony.