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1: Introduction 2: Independence! 3: Struggle for the State 4: Multi-Party, but not Democracy, 1966-1969 5: Golden Years, 1970-1974 6: Rigor Mortis, 1975-1978 7: Too Many Cooks, 1978-1983 8: Heavy Footsteps, 1984-1989 9: A Second Liberation? 1990-1992 10: Conflict and Change, 1993-1997 11: Unnatural Succession, 1998-2002 12: Back to the Future, 2003-2008 13: Epilogue: Cold War, 2008-2009 14: Conclusions

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Charles Hornsby has been a writer, analyst and occasional contributor to Kenya's politics for more than 25 years. He has combined a professional career in IT with a multinational company (which has allowed him the opportunity to live in Ghana, Kenya, The Netherlands and Malaysia) with a deep engagement with Kenya, its politics and prospects. He holds a DPhil on Kenya from St. Antony's College, Oxford and was the co-author (with David Throup) of Multi-Party Politics in Kenya. He has been a journalist, international observer and domestic observer in various Kenyan elections.


'This is the first full history of Kenya's hald-century of independence. And it is more than that. Hornsby cites independent Kenya's problems in its many colonial crises, particularly the brutally divisive Mau Mau war. Since then Kenya has experienced rapid change, not least its explosive population growth, and crises, often resolved, at least temporarily, by illegal government action. But the underlying continuities are extraordinary. Hornsby shows how Kenya's most recent tragedy, the killings and evictions that followed the 2007 general election, can be traced back to the political deals of decolonisation. To explain the ambiguities in the Kenyan nation and state is not easy. But with great thoroughness, edged with sometimes startling insight, Hornsby has done just that.' John Lonsdale, Emeritus Professor of Modern African History, University of Cambridge. 'Charles Hornsby has followed Kenya intensely for decades and watched the twists and upsets of its dramatic politics. Now he has written a heavyweight and lucid history of this fascinating and important country. His account is a grand narrative full of sharp insights.' Richard Dowden, Chairman Royal African Society 'The definitive study of independent Kenya. Hornsby has an encyclopaedic knowledge of Kenyan politics and politicians.' David Throup, Senior Associate, Africa Program, The Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Washington D.C.

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