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Britain, Kenya and the Cold War: Imperial Defence, Colonial Security and Decolonisation (International Library of African Studies)

ISBN: 9781848859661
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
Edition: Reprint
Publication Date: 2012-04-15
Number of pages: 200
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Far from having to abandon her post-war ""East of Suez"" role, Britain continued to pursue ""imperial"" African interests well after the Suez debacle and the ""End of Empire"". Kenya was center stage. Little scholarship has been produced on British policy in pursuing her interests beyond Kenyan independence. This book shows Britain maintaining her strategic priorities in Kenya--cultivating the ''moderate"" Kenyatta government, giving up the unacceptable colonial army base, but retaining military camps, rights of overflying, staging and training the Kenyan military, including internal security. Percox shows that Kenyan de-colonization and British defense interests were intimately linked and vital within the context of the Cold War and East-West regional rivalry.

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