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The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume V: Historiography$
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Robin Winks

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205661

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205661.001.0001

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East Africa: Metropolitan Action and Local Initiative

East Africa: Metropolitan Action and Local Initiative

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(p.500) 32 East Africa: Metropolitan Action and Local Initiative
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The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume V: Historiography
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Charles Ambler

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205661.003.0032

The historiography of British East Africa began, in the last years of the 19th century, in the attempts of participants and observers to describe, explain, justify, or condemn the actions of British intruders. Across East Africa, communities struggled to develop their own histories of British expansion. Historians variously responded to the challenge of underdevelopment theory. Whether radical in perspective or local in orientation, the new discipline of African history almost entirely ignored women, despite women social scientists having pioneered the academic study of British rule in East Africa. There are also signs of decline of the Imperial historiography of East Africa.

Keywords:   British East Africa, Imperial historiography, British expansion, underdevelopment theory, British rule

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