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Title:War and Economic Development: Settlers in Kenya, 1914-1918
Author:Overton, John
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Geographic term:Kenya
economic history
World War I
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
History and Exploration
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/181338
Abstract:Prosperity and development, not reversal and decline, were the keynotes of the settler economy in Kenya during the First World War. The fundamental vulnerability and stuttering growth of white settlement before 1914 gave way to the gradual assertion of the settler economy over the African, with state support, during and after the war. But this assertion and growth was founded upon abnormal economic circumstances: on cheap and available labour, insatiable markets and a pre-occupied colonial state. The post-war crisis of labour and market contraction, and the pre-eminence of the settler sector after 1920, therefore must be traced to this accelerated and artificial growth in the settler economy in 1914-1918. Notes, sum.