John Lonsdale (Trinity College, University of Cambridge, UK)
Submitted: Thurs, 21 August 2003
Dr. John M Lonsdale
Fellow of Trinity College
University Reader in African History
University of Cambridge
Major research interest: the social, cultural, economic, religious, and
political history of 20th century Kenya. Special interests in the
moral/social constructions of ethnic patriotisms, nationalism, and religious
(a) With Atieno Odhiambo. _Mau Mau and Nationhood: Arms, Authority &
Narration_ (James Currey, Oxford; EAEP, Nairobi; Ohio UP, Athens OH), xvi +
307 pp. With Introduction.
(b) Authority, Gender & Violence: The War within Mau Mau's Fight for
Freedom, ch 3 in Edited book, above, 34-72.
(c) 'Le cas Kenyan: Un débat moral et politique', _Politique
Africaine_ 90, 17-36.
(a) 'Kikuyu Christianities: A history of intimate diversity' ch. 6 in
D Maxwell & I Lawrie (eds), _Christianity & the African Imagination_ (Brill,
(b) Contests of time: Kikuyu historiography, old and new, ch. 9 in
A Harneit-Sievers (ed.), A Place in the World: new local historiographies
from Africa & S Asia (Brill, Leiden), 201-54.
(c) Globalization, ethnicity, and democracy: a view from "the Hopeless
Continent", ch. 9 in A G Hopkins (ed.), Globalization in World History
(Random House, London), 194-219.
(d) Mission Christianity & settler colonialism in eastern Africa, ch. 15 in
H Hansen & M Twaddle (eds.), _Christian Missionaries & the State in the
Third World_ (Currey, Oxford), 194-211.
(e) Jomo Kenyatta, God, and the Modern World, ch. 3 in J-G Deutsch et al
(eds.), African Modernities (Currey, Oxford & Heinemann, Portsmouth NH),
(f) Foreword to Gideon G Githiga, The Church as a Bulwark against
Authoritarianism in Kenya 1963-92 (Uzima Press, Nairobi), xi-xii.
(g) Town life in colonial Kenya9, in A Burton (ed.), The Urban Experience in
Eastern Africa (British Institute, Nairobi), 207-22.
(h) Bethwell Ogot: The liberal jabilo, in Toyin Falola & Atieno Odhiambo
(eds.), The Challenges of History & Leadership in Africa: The Essays of
Bethwell A Ogot (Africa World Press, Trenton, NJ), lxi-lxvi.
(a) 'Kenyatta's trials: breaking and making an African nationalist', ch 10
in _The moral world of the law_, ed. Peter Coss (Cambridge UP for Past &
Present Society), 196-239.
(b) 'Agency in tight corners: narrative and initiative in African
history', Editorial, pp. 5-16, in J Lonsdale's guest-edited issue of
_Jl of African Cultural Studies_ 13, 1 in honour of Terence Ranger.
(c) 'KAU's cultures: imaginations of community & constructions of leadership
in Kenya after the second world war' in ibid, 107-25.
Other recent projects:
1) with Bruce Berman of Queen's U, Kingston, Ontario: the intellectual
and political biographies of Jomo Kenyatta and Louis Leakey.
2) with David Throup: 3-volume edition of documents on the decolonisation
of Kenya, 1944-1963, in the British Documents on the End of Empire Project
3) _The bones of Waiyaki_ designed as a class-discussion text, with
primary sources, on the making of a disputed local history in central
Kenya, 1890 to the present day.