Now in paperpack: The River Nile in the Age of the British

‘The River Nile in the Age of the British’ (2004) has for some time been out of print (sold in four prints), and is now (2016) published in paperback by the world-leading publisher in the Middle East, IB Tauris.

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The book was shortlisted by the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies as one of the best books written on the Middle East irrespective of disciplines, and about 2000 libraries world-wide keep the book in their collections.

Tvedt’s best-selling book in Norwegian, ‘Nilen. Historiens elv’ is currently translated into English with the title ‘The Nile. The River of History. The book narrates the history of the river over a 5000 year period and its role in development in the eleven countries sharing the river.


Water and Society

WaterSocietyCoverWater and Society: Changing Perceptions of Societal and Historical Development

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Despite the central importance that water has held for civilizations both ancient and modern, its social significance has made surprisingly little impact on our contemporary understanding of human history and development. Dominant interpretations of the relationship between society and nature have remained water blind.

In Water and Society, historian and leading water expert Terje Tvedt argues for a change that acknowledges the significant role played by water in societal development.

Reflecting his expertise as a geographer, historian and a political scientist, and drawing on his wide experience of water issues around the world, Terje Tvedt’s Water and Society provides a long overdue reappraisal of the relationship between water and society, one that gives water its rightful place as central to any true understanding of human history and development.

The Nile. The River of History

I.B. Tauris, New York, 2016. English translation of Nilen. Historiens elv.

Content and introduction (PDF)

Terje Tvedt’s new book is the most comprehensive book about the Nile ever written. Tvedt travels upstream along the longest river in the world, from the river’s mouth to its sources. The result is a travelogue through 5000 years and 11 countries, from the Mediterranean to Central Africa.

With insight and sensitivity, Tvedt shows and describes both the river’s wealth and poverty, its greatness and beauty, as well as its historical and political significance throughout the ages. The book is lavishly illustrated.

The critical reception of the book speaks for itself:

“It is hazardous to proclaim a newly published work as a classic, but The Nile – The River of History has definitely the potential to become one. It is a magnificent work.”
Jon Michelet, Klassekampen.

“Tvedt has long ago established himself as an unrivalled communicator, both in text and television series. Water is his passion, and the book about the Nile is simply a fabulous journey on a beautiful river, with history, politics and culture.”
Guri Hjeltnes, VG.

“Tvedt writes well, he has a firm grasp on the material and he shows that the topic of his research is important for understanding the world we live in. We need more books such as this one.”
Gjert Vestrheim, Dag og Tid.

“A 6,800 kilometer long cultural-historical and hydrological journey from the coast of the Mediterranean to the heart of Africa, led by the ‘water professor’ par excellence, Terje Tvedt. […] An exciting and educational book for our time.”
Arne Dvergsdal, Dagbladet.

“The Nile – The river of history is so full of information that it sometimes feels like a three kilo piece of marzipan. But you don’t need to eat it all in one go.”
Bjørn Gabrielsen, Dagens Næringsliv.

“This is one of the truly rich books of the autumn, a scholarly and richly illustrated epos about one of the most fabled, socially important and contested rivers in the world.”
Fredrik Wandrup, Dagbladet.