Wednesday, August 2, 2023

what were the causes of the Mau Mau Uprising in Kenya?

 The Mau Mau rebellion was a significant turning point in Kenyan history and a key element in Kenya's path to independence from British colonization

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 The rebellion was caused by growing tensions between the Kikuyu and the white European settlers in Kenya
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 The Kikuyu were the most populous ethnic group in Kenya, with a "flourishing society" 
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 However, the British colonialism disrupted their economic independence, which led to growing unrest and the Mau Mau rebellion
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 The rebellion was also caused by the landowners and their white allies releasing “a wave of repression onto those with no land, thus increasing social tensions throughout Kenya” 
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 Poorer Kikuyu workers were not only annoyed by the white settlers but also by their own people, thus strengthening the argument that the rebellion was caused by the growing tensions between the Kikuyu and the white European settlers in Kenya
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 The Mau Mau fighters were mainly drawn from Kenya's major ethnic grouping, the Kikuyu, but radical activists within the KAU set up a splinter group and organized a more militant kind of nationalism
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 By 1952 Kikuyu fighters, along with some Embu and Meru recruits, were attacking political opponents and raiding white settler farms and destroying livestock
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 Mau Mau supporters took oaths, binding them to their cause
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Citations:
[1] https://us.ukessays.com/essays/history/the-mau-mau-rebellion-in-kenya.php
[2] https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-12997138
[3] https://www.bu.edu/africa/outreach/teachingresources/history/colonialism/the-mau-mau-rebellion/
[4] https://historyreferencenotes.blogspot.com/2021/01/effects-of-mau-mau-rebellion.html?m=1
[5] https://www.bu.edu/africa/files/2016/04/5.-Mau-Mau-Rebellion-Reading-HW.pdf
[6] https://www.sahistory.org.za/article/mau-mau-uprising

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