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The United Republic of Tanzania is a rare phenomenon in Africa, the result of a merger between the former British colony of Tanganyika and the island republic of Zanzibar. While there has been and still are tensions, this has held together, perhaps because the country has been ruled by a dominant party ever since independence. It enjoyed a special aura under its first president, Julius Nyerere, who spoke glowingly of an African socialism, which did not quite prosper as hoped, and a democracy, which is admittedly better than elsewhere but not quite what it might be. But the party is still there and Tanzania is doing as well as most and better than some.

Still, while Tanzania is not as popular as before, it remains an important state and is worth knowing better. Given the shortage of literature on the country, it is fortunate that one can fall back on this, now second edition of the Historical Dictionary of Tanzania. It includes information, in the dictionary section, on life before the colonial powers arrived, what Germany and Britain did during their tenure, and what has happened since independence in 1961. This is provided in xxx concise entries. The chronology traces the history, pre-colonial, colonial, and independent, going year by year. And the introduction provides an overview. Certainly not to be missed is the amazingly large bibliography.

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THOMAS P. OFCANSKY has held a number of academic and government positions, most recently with the Bureau of Intelligence and Research Africa Division at the U.S. Department of State. In this and other postings he has visited the region frequently. He is also the co-author of the Historical Dictionary of Kenya and the Historical Dictionary of Ethiopia.

RODGER YEAGER is a professor of political science and African history at West Virginia University. He has published extensively on public policy problems and the prospects of eastern Africa. Along with numerous articles, he has published Tanzania: An African Experiment.

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...a useful reference work...providing a brief overview of the history of the region...the thematically arranged bibliographical section and the chronological outline will prove of particular value to people needing a quick and easy way into Tanzanian material...the coverage of economic developments, foreign policy and electoral changes is comprehensive enough to give a reader unfamiliar with Tanzania a good understanding of recent political and economic history...provides a wealth of useful information and...performs the task of giving a reader an outline of Tanzanian history... (African Studies Review)

..the extensive bibliography in this dictionary will be useful to researchers. (American Reference Books Annual)

This is far more than a mere collection of names of individuals who have helped to shape Tanzania, but they are there too...Ofcansky and Yeager deserve whole-hearted commendation for this excellent revised dictionary. The bibliography is unusually fine, even for this series, and must surely leave Clio Press, publishers of the World Bibliographical series on most countries in the world concerned about their own impact. (Tanzanian Affairs)

The authors have packed much information into this volume... (CHOICE)

...an indispensible reference tool for historians interested in Tanzania, along with other African and other Africanist scholars in the humanities and social sciences...this mongraph represents an important contribution to understanding the complexity of tanzanian history and it deserves the attention of anyone with an interest in the country. (International Journal of African Historical Studies)

...useful feadings and a sense of historical balance in content, as well as the good cross-referencing and bibliography... (African Research and Documentation)

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