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The Souls of White Folk: White settlers in Kenya, 1900s-20s

Brett L. Shadle


Kenya’s white settlers have long captivated observers. They are alternately celebrated and condemned, painted as romantic pioneers or hedonistic bed-hoppers or crude racists. If we wish to better understand Kenya’s tortured history, however, we must examine settlers not as caricatures, but as people inhabiting a unique historical moment. We must ask, what animated their lives? What comforted them and what unnerved them, to whom did they direct love, and to whom violence? The Souls of White Folk takes seriously – though not uncritically – what settlers said, how they viewed themselves and their ... More

Keywords: Kenya, Settler colonialism, Whiteness, Prestige, Rape, Paternalism, Violence, Law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780719095344
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719095344.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brett L. Shadle, author
Virginia Tech