Socialism On Safari: Wildlife And Nation-Building In Postcolonial Tanzania, 1961-77

Socialism On Safari: Wildlife And Nation-Building In Postcolonial Tanzania, 1961-77

Author: 
Weiskopf, Julie M.
Publisher: 
Cambridge University Press
Date published: 
2015
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Journal of African History
Source: 
The Journal of African History, Vol. 56, No. 3, November 2015, pp. 429-447
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This article examines the fraught history of officials' innovative uses of wildlife in socialist Tanzania, as they pursued both international and domestic agendas with the country's wild fauna. Internationally, officials sought to enhance Tanzania's reputation and gain foreign support through its conservation policies and diplomatic use of wild animals. Domestically, officials recognized the utility of wildlife for a number of nation-building agendas, ranging from national identity to economic development. However, internal contradictions riddled the wildlife economy, creating difficulty for government officials and party leaders when balancing socialist commitments with an effective, market-driven industry.

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CITATION: Weiskopf, Julie M.. Socialism On Safari: Wildlife And Nation-Building In Postcolonial Tanzania, 1961-77 . : Cambridge University Press , 2015. The Journal of African History, Vol. 56, No. 3, November 2015, pp. 429-447 - Available at: http://library.au.int/socialism-safari-wildlife-and-nation-building-postcolonial-tanzania-1961-77-0