This book examines the efforts of the colonial regime to shape the process of decolonization in Kenya from the end of World War II until independence in 1963. It focuses on the conflict between the state's two imperatives: promoting economic development and establishing and maintaining control.
Part One: Concepts, Issues and Context 1. Decolonization and the State: An Analytical Framework 2. Kenya: The Global and Historical Setting Part Two: The Evolution of Colonial Political Strategies 3. Post–War Kenya: Prelude to Crisis, 1945–1952 4. Defeating 'Mau Mau': Multi–Racial Reform, 1953–1959 5. Towards 'Uhuru': The Decolonization Strategy, 1960–1963 Part Three: Colonial Crises and State Responses 6. Peasants vs. Settlers: Land and Agricultural Policies 7. Managing Industrialization: Capital, Labor and the State 8. Desegregating Commerce: African Businessmen and the State 9. Conclusions: The Meaning of Decolonization