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The Jeremy Newman Papers: A New Historical Source for Colonial Kenya and the Kamba

From: History in Africa
Volume 39, 2012
pp. 355-359 | 10.1353/hia.2012.0013

Abstract

Abstract:

The Jeremy Newman Papers are a new source for the study of colonial Kenya. The collection includes a variety of assorted documents, but most importantly, the transcripts of thirty-one interviews carried out by Newman in Machakos District in Kenya’s Eastern Province in 1973 and 1974. Newman interviewed thirty members of the Kamba ethnic group – and one European settler – all of whom were born between approximately 1895 and 1920. The interviews range widely, touching on topics such as education, European settlement, politics, trade, the First and Second World Wars, Mau Mau, and especially the destocking episode of 1938.

Résumé:

Les papiers de Jeremy Newman sont une source nouvelle pour l’étude de la période coloniale au Kenya. La collection inclut un recueil de documents variés et, plus important encore, les transcriptions de trente-et-un entretiens menés par Newman en 1973 et en 1974 dans le district de Machakos de la province Est du Kenya. Newman interviewa trente membres du groupe ethnique Kamba et un colon européen, tous nés approximativement entre 1895 et 1920. Les entretiens concernent des sujets aussi divers que l’éducation, la colonisation européenne, la politique, le commerce, la première et la deuxième guerre mondiale, Mau Mau, et en particulier l’épisode de déstockage de 1938.



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