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The Rule of EmpiresThose Who Built Them, Those Who Endured Them, and Why They Always Fall$
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Timothy H. Parsons

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199931156

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199931156.001.0001

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British Kenya

British Kenya

The Short Life of the New Imperialism

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The Rule of Empires

Timothy H. Parsons

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the history of the empire of British Kenya. It explains that the Colony and Protectorate of Kenya was under British rule during the period from 1920 to 1963. It discusses the Nandi people's war of attrition against the encroaching British Empire and the shooting of Nandi supreme chief Koitalel Arap Samoei by Richard Meinertzhagen who was on secondment to the King's African Rifles (KAR). This chapter also considers the British government's framing of their East African imperial project in moral and humanitarian terms and the quick collapse of the British Empire in Africa after Africans acquired the means to expose its inherent weaknesses.

Keywords:   British Kenya, British rule, Nandi people, Koitalel Arap Samoei, Richard Meinertzhagen, King's African Rifles

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