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Nyerere and Africa: End of an Era

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Godfrey Mwakikagile, NYERERE AND AFRICA: END OF AN ERA: EXPANDED EDITION (jointly published by Protea Publishing Co., Atlanta, Georgia; and National Academic Press, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, 2004), hardcover and softcover editions.
 
CONTENTS:
 
Acknowledgments
 
Introduction
 
Chapter One:
One-Party System and National Unity:
Consolidation of the Nation-State
 
Chapter Two:
Milestones:
Africa Since the Sixties
 
Chapter Three:
Julius Nyerere: Early Years
 
Chapter Four:
Tanganyika Before the Union:
Creation of a Non-Racial State
 
Chapter Five:
Union of Tanganyika and Zanzibar:
Nyerere as Architect of First African Union
 
Chapter Six:
Congo in the Sixties:
The Bleeding Heart of Africa
 
Chapter Seven:
The Struggle for Mozambique:
The Founding of FRELIMO in Tanzania
 
Chapter Eight:
The Rhodesian Crisis:
Tanzania's Role
 
Chapter Nine:
Tanzania Recognizes Biafra
 
Chapter Ten:
The Ouster of Idi Amin by Tanzania
 
Chapter Eleven:
American Involvement in Angola and
Southern Africa: Nyerere's Response
 
Chapter Twelve:
Nyerere and Nkrumah:
Towards African Unity
 
Chapter Thirteen:
Coup Attempts Against President Julius Nyerere
and Reflections on coup leader Oscar Kambona
by Andrew Nyerere
 
Chapter Fourteen:
Julius Nyerere: What Manner of Man?
Recollections of Mama Maria Nyerere
and Others since his childhood
 
Chapter Fifteen:
Farewell Africa:
Nyerere as an African Statesman
 
Chapter Sixteen:
Nyerere as a Third World Leader
 
Chapter Seventeen:
The Last of the Independence Leaders: Life under Nyerere
from A Personal Perspective: End of an Era
 
Appendix I:
Julius Nyerere, on the Boycott of South Africa, in a letter
to the editor of Africa South, October-December 1959
 
Appendix II:
Julius Nyerere: Reflections
 
Appendix III:
Address by President Benjamin Mkapa of the United Republic of Tanzania at the state funeral for Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere
 
Appendix IV:
David Martin on Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere
 
Appendix V:
Tributes to Mwalimu Julius Nyerere from around the world
 
Appendix VI:
Author interviewed by Jeremy Swanson, an American journalist who
worked in Tanzania for the Kenyan weekly newspaper, The East
African, and Recollections by Andrew Nyerere
 
Chapter Notes
 
Index
 
About the Author
 
 
Introduction:
 
JULIUS NYERERE was one of the most influential leaders in the twentieth century, and his death in October 1999 marked the end of a political career that spanned almost half a century. It also marked the end of an era of the African founding fathers who led their countries to independence.
 
This work looks at some of the major policy initiatives and achievements by Nyerere, a leader whose humility and dedication led millions of ordinary people in Tanzania and elsewhere to identify with him and pay him the highest tribute by simply saying, "He was one of us." There is probably no higher tribute, simple yet profound, to a man who earned great respect around the world, from the most humble to the most exalted, including his enemies. A towering intellectual, and a paragon of virtue, he had profound insight and highly analytical skills and knew exactly what he wanted to do for Tanzania and for Africa as a whole. Yet, he was not without fault and admitted his mistakes unlike most leaders who see that as a sign of weakness and not an attribute of leadership.
 
The book also is a telescopic survey of the major events that have taken place across the continent during the post-colonial period. Included are events in which President Nyerere played a critical role, influencing the course of African history. It is also  study of the modern African state under the one-party system and how its foundation was laid in the sixties, Africa's decade of euphoria marking the end of colonial rule.
 
Nyerere played a major and sometimes the most prominent role in many events across the African continent, and indeed in the entire Third World, from the 1960s until the end of his life in 1999. As Professor Ali Mazrui described Nyerere: "In global terms, he was one of the giants of the 20th century....He did bestride this narrow  world like an African colossus."

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