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Scattering Time : Turkana Responses to Colonial Rule - John Lamphear

Scattering Time

Turkana Responses to Colonial Rule

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This is the first full study of the Turkana people of north-western Kenya and their armed resistance of the Turkana people of north-western Kenya to British colonial administration in the early twentieth century. From their first encounters with the colonial vanguard in the 1890s to the final surrender of the Great Diviner, Loolel Kokoi, in 1926, the Turkana resisted imperial conquest. Even after the imposition of colonial rule, they continued to oppose the administration through a variety of strategies. John Lamphear explores their responses to European colonialism and examines the nature of their resistance, making extensive use of oral sources, as well as archival and published material. His analysis takes full account of the military history of the period, and addresses the fundamental question of why some African societies met the European advance with armed resistance while others did not. In doing so, he makes an important contribution to the historiography of the imperial conquest of Kenya. This book is intended for scholars and students of modern African history; imperial and colonial historians; military historians; specialists in East African societies; historians of Kenya.

Industry Reviews

I'a useful addition to the scholarship on African resistance to colonial rule.' P.F. Barty, University of North Alabama, Choice, Apr '93 'Without doubt, this is a tidy piece of work, with an easy and yet precise style, dealing with each topic lucidly as the tale unfolds ... the author has added significantly to his contribution to the history of the area by not attempting to emulate his earlier work.' B.SOAS, February '93 'if studies are out of fashion, as Lamphear complains, The Scattering Time defiantly bucks the trend ... As an explicitly military history, The Scattering Time compares very favorably in its clarity of exposition and its sophistication of analysis with earlier works ... an excellent book. Based on an unusually rich and sensitively handled body of oral material, it is an easy and exciting read.' Richard Waller, Bucknell University, International Journal of African Historical Reviews, Vol. 26, No. 2 'This book represents a splendid research achivement ... Lamphear has a complicated tale to tell - for the most part with exemplary clarity.' John Lonsdale, Trinity College, Cambridge, The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, Vol. 22, No. 2, May '94

List of Maps
List of Abbreviations
Notes on Citations of Oral Interviews
Notes on Orthography and Pronunciation
Introductionp. 1
The Turkana and Eturkanp. 5
The People of Blood and the People of Water: The Rise of Turkana Diviners in the Later Nineteenth Centuryp. 27
The Vulture from the Skyp. 48
'Let No Man Grasp My Arm': The Establishment of British Administration in the South 1903-1913p. 77
'Those with Angry Bowels': Developments in Northern Eturkan 1903-1913p. 103
Ekaru Apumpum: 'The Time of Gunfire'p. 123
'The War of Apara and the War of Kokoi': The Escalation of Turkana Resistance to the end of 1917p. 149
Apetaret: 'The Scattering'p. 172
The Time of Engolekume: The Administration of Turkana District 1919-1923p. 199
Ekaru Ekwakoit: 'The Time of the White Bone'p. 221
Conclusion: A Military Analysisp. 255
Appendix: List of Informants who Participated in the Oral Interviewsp. 279
Bibliographyp. 287
Indexp. 301
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ISBN: 9780198202264
ISBN-10: 0198202261
Series: Oxford Studies in African Affairs
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 332
Published: 16th April 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.57