Author Archives: Priya Lal

About Priya Lal

is assistant professor of history at Boston College. Her book on Tanzania’s 1960s and 1970s experiment with rural socialism, African Socialism in Postcolonial Tanzania: Between the Village and the World, is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press in fall 2015. She has published related articles in the Journal of African History and Africa: Journal of the International African Institute, and is currently working on a book-length study of the training, circulation, and labor of skilled medical and educational workers in and beyond southeastern Africa since independence.

African Socialism and the Limits of Global Familyhood: Tanzania and the New International Economic Order in Sub-Saharan Africa

In November 1963, Julius Nyerere, president of the newly independent East African country of Tanganyika, delivered a stirring speech to open a conference of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) in Rome. He began by commending the rise of an “almost world-wide recognition of the common humanity of man, and a growing sense of human brotherhood,” affirming that “the existence of the FAO is indeed one of the expressions of this feeling of involvement in each other’s welfare.” Yet Nyerere’s speech quickly departed Continue reading → Continue reading →