A Western, English-speaking democracy invades a "third world" country in order to bring its "civilizing" ideals to the population, and, in the face of a local rebellion, opens up secret interrogation centers where torture is sanctioned as a necessity against the threat, actions which it defends against opposition at home through deception, and information about which it zealously guards by citing national security. You know who I'm talking about you say? I'm not so sure. In the 1950's, the British government sanctioned its Colonial government in Kenya to put down a rebellion, called "Mau Mau," of the Kikuyu tribe, the country's largest ethnicity. The British claimed that the camps, interrogations, torture, and deaths that resulted were necessary in fighting a "barbaric, savage" movement. For decades, the real story of the British and the war on Mau Mau lay either misunderstood or unknown to the public, but with Caroline Elkins 2005 Pulitzer Prize-winning history Imperial Reckoning, that's begun to change. With historical lessons for modern America, Professor Elkins of Harvard talks about Britain in Kenya on this week's New Capital Show. We'll also cover some news:
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