Building a Peaceful Nation: Julius Nyerere and the Establishment of Sovereignty in Tanzania, 1960-1964

Building a Peaceful Nation: Julius Nyerere and the Establishment of Sovereignty in Tanzania, 1960-1964

by Paul Bjerk
ISBN-10:
1580465056
ISBN-13:
9781580465052
Pub. Date:
02/15/2015
Publisher:
Boydell & Brewer, Limited

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Building a Peaceful Nation: Julius Nyerere and the Establishment of Sovereignty in Tanzania, 1960-1964

In the early 1960s, nationalist politicians established in Tanzania a stable government in the face of external threats and internal turmoil. Paul Bjerk's volume chronicles this history and examines the politics and policies of the nation's first president, Julius Nyerere. One of the great leaders of modern Africa, Nyerere unified the diverse people who became citizens of the new nation and negotiated the tumultuous politics of the Cold War. In an era when many postcolonial countries succumbed to corrupt dictatorship or civil war, Nyerere sought principled government. Making difficult choices between democratic and autocratic rule, Nyerere creatively managed the destabilizing forces of decolonization. With extensive archival research and interviews with scores of participants in this history, Bjerk reorients our understanding of the formative years of Tanzanian independence. This study provides a new paradigm for understanding the history of the postcolonial nations that became independent in a global postwar order defined by sovereignty. Paul Bjerk is associate professor of history at Texas Tech University.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580465052
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 02/15/2015
Series: Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 390
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents



Introduction

The Education of Julius Nyerere

Contemplating the Postcolony

Independence and the Fear of Division

The Invention of Ujamaa

The Origins of Villagization

The 1964 Army Mutiny

The National Youth Service

A Realist Foreign Policy

The Cold War and the Union Treaty

Contending with International Intrigue

Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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