The Scattering Time: Turkana Responses to Colonial Rule (Oxford Studies in African Affairs)

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This book studies the armed resistance of the Turkana people of north western Kenya to British colonial administration in the early twentieth century. From their first encounters with the colonial vanguard in the 1890s to the final surrender of the Great Diviner, Lloolel Kokoi, in 1926, the Turkana resisted imperial conquest. Even after the imposition of colonial rule, they continued to oppose the administration through a variety of strategies. The first full study of the pastoral Turkana people, this book explores their responses to European colonialism and examines the nature of their resistance, making extensive use of oral sources, as well as archival and published material. His analysis takes full account of the military history of the period, and addresses the fundamental question of why some African societies met the European advance with armed resistance while others did not.

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"The Scattering Time is an excellent book. Based on an unusually rich and sensitively handled body of oral material, it is an easy and exciting read."--International Journal of African Historical Review


"A useful addition to the scholarship on African resistance to colonial rule."--CHOICE


"[A] detailed, documented, and well-written narrative of the Turkana in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries."--The Historian


"A finely crafted narrative of the conflicts and wars of conquest and resistance fought by British and Turkana armies in the first two decades of this century. Lamphear offers a new perspective on Turkana military and religio-political struggles, which until now have been treated solely from the viewpoint of the British conquerors....I can think of no other study of African resistance that offers such a panoramic view of African military developments....[T]his books seems a useful refinement and addition to the literature....[A] well-told story of a resistance struggle, well worth recording and preserving."--American Historical Review


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