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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:The Giriama Risings, 1913-1914
Author:Patterson, K. David
Year:1970
Periodical:African Historical Studies
Volume:3
Issue:1
Pages:89-99
Language:English
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:rebellions
1910-1919
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
colonialism
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/216482
Abstract:The rising of the Giriama (or Giryama), one of the Nyika tribes of the coastal region of Kenya, is an interesting example of primary resistance by a stateless people and its suppression by a colonial regime. In a defensive effort they reacted violently in 1913 and 1914 to the sudden establishment of effective British colonial rule. The rising was hardly a serious threat to the British position in Kenya, but hindered military operations against the Germans in the early weeks of World War One. In the end, governement authority was clearly established, but some important concessions were made to the tribe. A short survey of Giriama social structure is given. The factors and circumstances which led to the rising are determined. Notes.
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