Africa's Liberation: The Legacy of Nyerere

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Chambi Chachage, Annar Cassam
Fahamu/Pambazuka, May 27, 2010 - History - 195 pages
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The death in 1999 of Julius Kambarage Nyerere, the first president of Tanzania, left a cavern in the consciousness and conscience of the people of Tanzania and Africa. Nyerere was not simply a player on the national terrain. He was a Pan-Africanist and an internationalist – in thoughts, writings and, crucially, in his practice. A giant of the liberation movement, Nyerere spoke out loud against injustices across the world. A decade later, his words, actions, achievements and shortcomings have acquired a sharper focus and relevance to our world.

This book includes contributions from leading commentators, those who worked and fought imperialism alongside Nyerere, members of a younger generation – and Nyerere in his own words. Their writings reflect on Nyerere and liberation, the Commonwealth, leadership, economic development, land, human rights and education. Above all, they are a testament to the growing recognition of the need to rekindle the fires of African socialism to which Nyerere was deeply committed.

'Such a publication in memory of an acclaimed historical figure could have easily been a purely nostalgic retrospective exercise, but this is not the case here. The relevance of many of Nyerere's thoughts and visions about a people-centred development and about cutting loose from the perpetuation of a dependency syndrome in most African countries is today still as true as it ever was. This is intended to be one key message of the book.'

Rolf Hofmeier
Former director of the Institute of African Affairs in Hamburg (part of the German Institute of Global and Area Studies/ GIGA)

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Contents

The Legacy of Nyerere But Dear Mwalimu
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The Legacy of Nyerere Mwalimu in our popular imagination the relevance of Nyerere today
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The Legacy of Nyerere President Nyerere talks to El Mussawar 1984
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The Legacy of Nyerere Reading history backwards with Mwalimu
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The Legacy of Nyerere Mwalimu Julius Nyerere an intellectual in power
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The Legacy of Nyerere Julius Nyerere between statecentred and and peoplecentred PanAfricanism
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The Legacy of Nyerere Nyerere the Organisation of African Unity and liberation
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The Legacy of Nyerere Nyerere and the Commonwealth
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The Legacy of Nyerere Nyereres vision of economic development
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The Legacy of Nyerere Mwalimu Nyereres ideas on land
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The Legacy of Nyerere The village in Mwalimus thought and political practice
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The Legacy of Nyerere Racial and religious tolerance in Nyereres political thought and practice
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The Legacy of Nyerere Mwalimu Nyerere and the challenge of human rights
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The Legacy of Nyerere Mwalimu Nyerere the artist
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The Legacy of Nyerere Mwalimu and the state of education
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The Legacy of Nyerere Index
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The Legacy of Nyerere President Nyerere talks to El País 1991
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The Legacy of Nyerere Reflecting with Nyerere on peoplecentred leadership
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The Legacy of Nyerere More from Pambazuka Press
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Chambi Chachage is an independent researcher, newspaper columnist and policy analyst. Annar Cassam is a former personal assistant of President Julius Kambarage Nyerere and a former director of the UNESCO Bureau at the United Nations office in Geneva, Switzerland.

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