‘Listening to the voices from Kenya’s colonial past’ | C. Elkins- The Guardian

‘Listening to the voices from Kenya’s colonial past’ | C. Elkins- The Guardian

At the time of decolonisation, colonial officials destroyed and removed tons of documents from Kenya. To overcome this, I collected hundreds of oral testimonies and integrated them with fragments of remaining archival evidence to challenge entrenched views of British imperialism.

My methods drew sharp criticism. Revising the myths of British imperial benevolence cut to the heart of national identity, challenging decades-old scholarship and professional reputations.

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