2 - Nation-building Project in Tanzania: Actors, Institutions and Processes
Corresponding Author(s) : Paul Bjerk
Africa Review of Books,
Vol. 12 No. 1 (2016): Africa Review of Books, Volume 12, n° 1, 2016
Building a Peaceful Nation in Tanzania is a significant contribution to the growing literature on state-and nation-building in Africa. Cast in the analytic framework of sovereignty and discursive agency, the book examines the historical context within which, Julius Nyerere, the founding President of Tanzania, navigated the challenges and policy processes of reconstructing a colonial state apparatus and re-fashioning into a new sovereign state with an enduring national identity
and a collective consciousness. Based on the interpretation and analysis of extensive archival materials and interviews, the author demonstrates how the colonial history, experiences and expectations of subject citizens provided critical conjuntures that informed and difined policy options for nationalist leaders.