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Title:Julius Rex: Nyerere through the eyes of his critics, 1953-2013
Author:Brennan, James R.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of Eastern African Studies (ISSN 1753-1063)
Geographic term:Tanzania
Subjects:heads of State
political opposition
About person:Julius Kambarage Nyerere (1922-1999)ISNI
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/17531055.2014.916557
Abstract:This article examines political critics of Tanzania's first president, Julius K. Nyerere. While his detractors varied greatly in both ideological and sociological terms, the three major groups studied here shared a sharp intellectual frustration with Nyerere's effective utilization of humility as a political weapon to control debate, court international support, and silence opposition. Foreign critics, primarily European writers, were divided principally by their social proximity to Nyerere, older white 'decolonizers' lamented their friend's embrace of authoritarian tactics to achieve utopian ends, while younger writers instead saw a distant and unworldly figure best understood in abstract philosophical terms. The most vocal Tanzanian critics, by contrast, were united by the heavy-handed actions they and their families had endured at the hands of the Tanzanian State, which in turn produced sharply personalized criticisms. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]