chapter  1
The slave trade, abolition, and beyond, c. 1600–1840s
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The Mau Mau court case serves as an extraordinarily useful exemplar of the complex legacy of British colonialism in Africa. This book discusses the economic disasters following the oil embargoes wreaked havoc on the political systems and societies of the former colonies. The issues it raises include the legacies of empire; the contemporary significance of colonialism in former British colonies; the uses to which historical memory is put; and the changed demographics of a once nearly all-white mother country. The book shows how the jingoism of a newly energized imperialism was articulated Great Britain was great again, it had recovered its self-respect in a colonial war. It also considers the complexities of the interactions between Africans and Britons over a 300-year period. This historical analysis leads people to view the Mau Mau settlement as yet another example of the relations between Africans and Britons.