Building a Peaceful Nation
With extensive archival research and interviews with scores of participants in this history, in Building a Peaceful Nation Julius Nyerere and the Establishment of Sovereignty in Tanzania, 1960-1964 (Boydell & Brewer, 2015) 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 global postwar order defined by sovereignty.
Paul Bjerk is an associate professor of African history at Texas Tech University, and was recently a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Iringa in Tanzania. He has also authored Julius Nyerere (Ohio University Press, 2017).