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

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Abstract

This is a book about Julius Nyerere’s leadership during the tumultuous dawn of independence in Tanzania. In its analysis of sovereignty, this study offers a counterpoint to the many studies of state failure in Africa. The establishment of sovereignty in Tanzania entailed a discursive engagement with both African and European political conceptions. Previous considerations of modern Tanzania have been dominated by political science that treated Nyerere’s references to African thought as rhetorical artifice, and evaluated his impact within the narrow frame of modernization theory. They do not address the multiple sources of inherited knowledge that Nyerere deftly engaged in an enduring discursive invention of Ujamaa to imagine an African socialism. Nyerere understood that the state established at independence would serve as a repository for the egalitarian and non-racial ideology that he believed was the only path towards stable nationhood for Tanzania. <br><br>Moving conceptually and
Original languageEnglish
PublisherRochester University Press
StatePublished - Feb 27 2015

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