Arguing about Hola Camp
The rhetorical consequences of a colonial massacre
in Rhetorics of empire
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The 'Hola Camp massacre', which took place in Kenya's Coast Province, was one of the most notorious scandals in British colonial history. Understanding the rhetoric of Hola requires an appreciation of developments in Africa during Lennox-Boyd's 1954-1959 term of office. Lennox-Boyd may not have been a liberal, but he was definitely a paternalist, and he was certainly attempting to negotiate the shoals of decolonization. If he did not fully share this interpretation of the myth, then, his rhetoric was certainly shaped with at least one eye on appealing to it. He argued that it had been morally incumbent upon the authorities to launch the process of mass psychological cleansing of the detainees. The chapter outlines the story of events at Hola, as it had emerged by the time of the final major Commons debate on the scandal in July 1959.

Rhetorics of empire

Languages of colonial conflict after 1900

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