A History of the Asians in East Africa, ca. 1886 to 1945 (Oxford Studies in African Affairs) (Paperback)
In the 19th and 20th centuries, people commonly known simply as Asians from the Indian subcontinent settled in East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda) in ever-increasing numbers. By the turn of the 20th century, Indian immigrants outnumbered Europeans in the region by more than a 2:1 ratio. It signified the extraordinary influence they wield over and the effect they have on the socioeconomic, political, and cultural aspects of East African society. Because existing literature on the subject is either incomplete or cursory, an overall assessment of the large-scale Asian immigration impact on East African development is woefully inadequate. Therefore, in what is one of the most exhaustive examinations of the phenomenon ever produced, this book came into being under the expert research of Jagjit Singh Mangat. In light of the dearth of written sources-with the few available being drastically hard to find-Mangat uses interviews with surviving immigrants to flesh out our knowledge and understanding. For instance, he introduces us to traders who pioneered commercial exploitation of the protectorate's interior during the 1880s and 1890s-a people and their endeavor little known outside local Asian tradition until now. While subjective in nature, these interviews nonetheless provide comprehensive insight into the life and work of early Asian immigrants, from their own unique viewpoint. Using both official and unofficial documentation from the India Records Office in London, the Proceedings of the Emigration Department at the India Office, and records of the former Bombay Presidency, to name a few, A History of the Asians in East Africa, ca. 1886 to 1945, is a definitive record of the extraordinary journey of Indian immigrants and their powerful impact and influence on the development of East Africa in the past and how that has shaped the region today.
I was born in Kenya of parents who migrated from India in 1926. Growing up, I distinguished myself as a bright student. After completing my "O" levels, I joined St. Stephen's College, in the University of Delhi. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. I then returned to Kenya, where I joined the Kenya Government Service before being awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. I enrolled at the University of Oregon, where I earned my Master of Arts degree. I then became a history lecturer of the University of Nairobi (then known as Royal College Nairobi). I complemented my teaching with research works under the supervision of the Faculty of History, University of London, where I also received my PhD. My dissertation, A History of the Asians in East Africa, ca. 1886 to 1945, was originally published by the Oxford University Press in 1969.