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    Managing heritage, making peace: history, identity and memory in contemporary Kenya

    Coombes, Annie and Hughes, L. and Munene, K. (2013) Managing heritage, making peace: history, identity and memory in contemporary Kenya. London, UK: I.B. Tauris. ISBN 9781780761527.

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    Abstract

    Book synopsis: Kenya stands at a crossroads in its history and heritage, as the nation celebrates its fiftieth anniversary of independence from Britain in 2013. At this important juncture, what parts of its history, including the Mau Mau uprising, do citizens and state wish to remember and commemorate and what is best forgotten or occluded? What does heritage mean to ordinary Kenyans, and what role does it play in building nationhood and forging peace and reconciliation? Focusing on the 1990s to the present, "Managing Heritage, Making Peace" is a timely exploration of the ways in which Kenyans are engaging with the past in the present, including such local initiatives as the community peace museums movement, local and national monuments and other notable commemorative actions. The authors show how Kenya is facing a continuing crisis over nationhood, heritage, memory and identity, which must be resolved to achieve social cohesion and peace.

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    Item Type: Book
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Arts > History of Art
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2013 10:55
    Last Modified: 27 Oct 2016 11:23
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/6126

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