This idea that the peasants had it OK under imperialism are ignoring the huge costs, due to colonial monopolies, for basics such as salt, cotton, and tea. Most of the land reform involved taking the land from the native ruling class and giving it to colonials, leaving the peasants without land for food. Don’t forget the huge taxes on the peasants. In Kenya, the British introduced coinage because they didn’t want to collect taxes in kind. This doubly cheated the peasants since the British set the price for agricultural goods. The peasants paid their taxes by raising cash crops instead of foodstuffs.