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Title:The independence bargain: Kenya Europeans and the land issue 1960-1962
Author:Wasserman, Gary
Periodical:Journal of Commonwealth Political Studies
Geographic term:Kenya
Abstract:Independence can be viewed as a deal, a bargain struck between various colonial interests and a nationalist party. From this perspective one is not so much tracing the upward development of an indigenous African political movement, as tracing the downward manipulation of that movement into a system. Independence becomes not so much a moving out of the colonial sphere as a moving into a larger one, with the colonial patterns emerging relatively unscathed. Independence marks a successful socialisation process in which the nationalists are as much acted upon as actors. Within this context the author presents a discussion of 'the other side': the political bargaining by which a colonial elite adapts to a potentially threatening process of decolonisation. The example is the Kenya European community's bargaining over the fate of the 'White Highlands' in 1960-62. Notes.