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.
'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 '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 '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 I'a useful addition to the scholarship on African resistance to colonial rule.'
P.F. Barty, University of North Alabama, Choice, Apr '93