Publications [#289736] of Hal Brands

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Journal Articles

  1. Brands, H. "Wartime recruiting practices, martial identity and post-World War II demobilization in colonial Kenya." Journal of African History 46.1 (March, 2005): 103-125. [doi]
    (last updated on 2018/07/15)

    After World War II, African ex-servicemen in Kenya sought to maintain the socioeconomic gains they had accrued through service in the King's African Rifles (KAR). Looking for middle-class employment and social privileges, they challenged existing relationships within the colonial state. For the most part, veterans did not participate in national politics, believing that their goals could be achieved within the confines of colonial society. The postwar actions of KAR veterans are best explained by an examination of their initial perceptions of colonial military service. Indeed, the social and economic connotations of KAR service, combined with the massive wartime expansion of Kenyan defense forces, created a new class of Africans with distinctive characteristics and interests. These socioeconomic perceptions proved powerful after the war, often informing ex-askari action. © 2005 Cambridge University Press.

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