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Author Bjerk, Paul, author.

Title Building a peaceful nation : Julius Nyerere and the establishment of sovereignty in Tanzania, 1960-1964 / Paul Bjerk.

Published Rochester, NY : University of Rochester Press., 2015.


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Physical description 1 online resource (390 pages).
Series Rochester studies in African history and the diaspora ; 63
Rochester studies in African history and the diaspora ; 63.
Books at JSTOR Evidence Based Acquisitions
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction -- part 1. Searching for a sovereign discourse. The education of Julius Nyerere -- Contemplating the postcolony -- part 2. Internal sovereignty. Independence and the fear of division -- The invention of Ujamaa -- The origins of villagization -- The 1964 Army mutiny -- The National Youth Service. -- part 3. External sovereignty. A realist foreign policy -- The Cold War and the Union Treaty -- Contending with international intrigue -- Conclusion.
Summary 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 assistant professor of history at Texas Tech University.
Other author JSTOR issuing body.
Subject Nyerere, Julius K., 1922-1999.
TANU (Organization)
Self-determination, National -- Tanzania.
Postcolonialism -- Tanzania.
Tanzania -- Foreign relations -- 20th century.
Tanzania -- History -- 1918-1964.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9781782045595 (electronic bk.)
1782045597 (electronic bk.)