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The birth of African Kenya

The birth of African Kenya
Key Info
  • The birth of African Kenya
  • Duration: 02:55
  • People in Britain had begun to question whether conflict in the Empire was worthwhile when the whole idea of Empire seemed so out of step with world opinion. Kenya gained independence on 12 December 1963 and African Kenya was born. Little by little the rest of the Empire peeled away, leaving Britain to be just another country on the map.
  • Credits: British Pathe, British Movietone, Huntley Film Archives, Moving Images, Getty Images, British Empire & Commonwealth Museum, Wales Film & TV Archives
  • Subject:



    Empires and Decolonisation

  • Keywords: Jomo Kenyatta, legacy of British Empire in Kenya, Mau Mau Uprising, independence, British Empire
Ideas for use in class
  • Students could debate the following question ‘Did Britain give Kenya its independence in 1963 or were they simply returning something that was not theirs in the first place?’.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 4x3

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