School of History, Religions and Philosophies

Nathan Richard Williams

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MA History, the University of Manchester; BA History, the University of Manchester
Thesis title
The contributions of revolutionary students to the University of Dar es Salaam’s influence on social and political struggles in Tanzania, 1967-1980.
Internal Supervisors
Dr Wayne Dooling


Nathan Richard Williams is a postgraduate research student in the History Department at SOAS, University of London. His PhD thesis asks how radical and revolutionary students at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania shaped its part played in ideological, political and social struggles in the country after independence (1967-80). It includes the political discourse after Azimio la Arusha (Arusha Declaration), including Tanzanian political battles beyond Nyerere; the African national university, with the students of internationalist and revolutionary lecturers like Walter Rodney; youth culture, their conflicts and growing politicisation; and  Dar es Salaam’s political spaces influenced by other revolutionary delegations and political exiles. Nathan’s interests lie in the history of education, the underdevelopment of African countries by European imperialism, postcolonial development challenges, and the language of anticolonial nationalism. Before joining SOAS, University of London he completed an MA and BA in History, both at the University of Manchester.

Research interests

History of education; cultural and social history; anti-imperialist student movements; student politics in Africa; the underdevelopment of African countries by European imperialism; postcolonial development challenges; and the language of anticolonial nationalism.