Tanzania

Overview

The United Republic of Tanzania was created in the 1960s by the merger of two independent countries: Tanganyika, a territory on mainland East Africa, and the Zanzibar islands in the Indian Ocean. Tanzania has been a stable and relatively peaceful democracy, although in recent years religious clashes have touched off disputes over election results.

Tanzania has many natural resources, including the rare gemstone tanzanite, but it is one of the poorest countries in the world. This...

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Overview

The United Republic of Tanzania was created in the 1960s by the merger of two independent countries: Tanganyika, a territory on mainland East Africa, and the Zanzibar islands in the Indian Ocean. Tanzania has been a stable and relatively peaceful democracy, although in recent years religious clashes have touched off disputes over election results.

Tanzania has many natural resources, including the rare gemstone tanzanite, but it is one of the poorest countries in the world. This is due in part to a huge public debt the government incurred over the previous three decades. The AIDS epidemic has also weakened the economy by taking growing numbers of people out of the workforce. Since 2000, Tanzania's government has taken positive steps towards lessening poverty, reducing debt, growing the economy, and attempting to slow the spread of AIDS.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elizabeth Young
One of the most beautiful countries in Africa, if not the world, Tanzania is the star of this book in “The Evolution of Africa’s Major Nations” series. From Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest point, to Kale Victoria, the continent’s largest lake, to the famed Serengeti National Park, Tanzania is a feast for the eyes. The story of two regions: Tanganyika and Zanzibar, MacDonald presents this country with its faults, as well as its hopes for the future. Stunted by economic development, and a questionable education system, Tanzania offers a natural quality rarely surpassed by other countries. Tourism and mining comprise major industries in Tanzania, while its rich cultural heritage and diversity offer traditional values to the inhabitants of this country located in eastern Africa. A clear and easily digested explanation of Tanzania is presented, in what could be considered an invitation to visit. While being realistic, MacDonald also entices readers with the natural beauty and adventures that lie ahead. Chock full of colorful photographs interspersed among the substantial text, readers will want to discover more. As with most titles in this series the text is followed by several additional points of interest: a helpful glossary, recipes, project ideas, a chronology of the country, and further references for more in-depth research. Reviewer: Elizabeth Young; Ages 10 to 13.
School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-Aside from the introductions, which are essentially identical in each volume, the information in these books is well organized and presented in a clear, logical manner. Following a map and a country flag, each nation's geography, political situation, economy, people, and history are discussed. Recipes, a glossary, ideas for projects and reports, and an extensive chronology are appended. The bright, attractive photographs are well matched to the texts and show the diversity of modern African nations from the rural areas to the cities. Students doing research would do well to start with one of these concise titles.-Genevieve Gallagher, Murray Elementary School, Charlottesville, VA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781422221860
  • Publisher: Mason Crest Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2011
  • Series: Evolution of Africa's Major Nations Series
  • Pages: 87
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.06 (w) x 8.29 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Robert I. Rotberg 6

A Dramatic Landscape 11

Land of Two Histories 21

Two Nations Work Together 39

The Economy: Gains and Setbacks 47

The People of Tanzania 57

Along the Caravan Route and the Coast 67

A Calendar of Tanzanian Festivals 74

Recipes 76

Glossary 78

Project and Report Ideas 80

Chronology 82

Further Reading/Internet Resources 84

For More Information 85

Index 86

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