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.

A History of Water in nine volumes

books_history_of_waterPresentation of the complete series: waterhistory.b.uib.no

The pioneering History of Water series brings a much needed historical perspective to the relationship between water and society. The volumes in the series aim to show how history and development – from the birth of civilization to the present day – may be enriched, and new understandings and reinterpretations realised, by a proper awareness of the significance of water. Water issues can only be fully understood when all aspects – social, cultural, political religious and technological – are properly integrated.

Presentation of the book series at University of Bergen

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.

Wasser – Eine Reise in die Zukunft

The book ‘Vann’, published in 2011, is now translated into German (and Ukrainian).

Ch. Links Verlag, 2012, Berlin)wasser, writes about the book:

Die Zukunft des Wassers ist die Zukunft der Menschheit. Leben wir in einem Jahrhundert der Dürren oder der Überflutungen? Oder beides? Der Zugriff auf Wasser wird einen großen Einfluss haben auf die globalen Kräfteverhältnisse, die Umwelt und das Gleichgewicht zwischen Arm und Reich. Wasser wird über Krieg oder Frieden entscheiden und die Entwicklung der Länder und Kontinente bestimmen. Anders als andere Rohstoffe entzieht sich das Wasser der totalen Kontrolle.
In 25 Ländern auf allen Kontinenten sucht Terje Tvedt Antworten auf diese Fragen. Er folgt dem Lauf der großen Flüsse, besucht gigantische Wasserbauprojekte wie das MOSE-Projekt in Venedig, den Drei-Schluchten-Staudamm in China und den größten unterirdischen Ozean, spricht mit Experten über ihre Beobachtungen und Prognosen. Spannungsreich berichtet er von den Bemühungen der einzelnen Länder, den Herausforderungen zu begegnen und Lösungen für die Zukunft zu finden.

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Nilen. Historiens elv (The Nile. The River of History)

Nilen. Historiens elv ‘The Nile. The River of  History’  (Aschehoug, Oslo: 2012).

Available as E-book (in Norwegian).

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, the writer 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.

«Det er farlig å utrope et nyutkommet verk til en klassiker, men Nilen – historiens elv har definitivt klassikerpotensial. Det er et storslagent verk.» Jon Michelet, Klassekampen.

«Tvedt har for lengst markert seg som en suveren formidler, både i tekst og i fjernsynsserier. Vann er hans lidenskap, og boken om Nilen er bare en fabelaktig ferd på en vakker elv, med historie og politikk og kultur.» Guri Hjeltnes, VG.

«Tvedt skriv godt, han har grep om stoffet og han syner at emnet for forskinga hans er viktig for å forstå den verda vi lever i. Vi treng fleire slike bøker som dette.» Gjert Vestrheim, Dag og Tid.

«En 6800 kilometer lang kulturhistorisk og hydrologisk reise fra Middelhavets kyst til Afrikas indre, anført av ‘vannprofessoren’ par excellence, Terje Tvedt. […] En spennende og lærerik bok for vår tid.» Arne Dvergsdal, Dagbladet.

«Nilen – historienes elv er så full av informasjon at den av og til føles som et tre kilos marsipanbrød. Men man trenger ikke spise alt i én omgang.» Bjørn Gabrielsen, Dagens Næringsliv.

«Dette er en av høstens virkelig rikholdige bøker, et lærd og rikt illustrert epos om en av de mest sagnomsuste, samfunnsnyttige og omstridte elver i verden.» Fredrik Wandrup, Dagbladet.

Solgt i ca 13 000 eks. per mai 2015.

 

A Journey in the Future of Water

Published by IB Tauris (2013, London and New York).  It is also translated into Chinese, Arabic, Hungarian, and Ukrainian.

The publisher:

Nourished by fears of global warming and climate change, water has become an issue of international concern. In “Journey in the Future of Water” leading water expert, Terje Tvedt, travels to 25 countries and all continents to find out more about the ways in which different nations are seeking to respond.

From Project Moses, where gigantic underwater gates will rise to prevent the inundation of Venice, to India’s River Link Plan, connecting 37 Himalayan rivers to major rivers in the south, the author examines the world’s largest engineering projects, travels the great river valleys, visits ‘the largest ocean under the Earth’, and major cities of the world, to explore water’s determining role in the life of the planet. The most comprehensive and accessible account of global water issues to date.

Book review in International Affairs.

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Vann. Reiser i vannets fortid og fremtid

Vann. Reiser i vannets fortid og fremtid, Oslo: Kagge forlag,  2011.

Vi lever og bor på vannets planet. Ikke bare er størstedelen av Jordens overflate dekket av hav – det er vannet som har formet livene våre. Boken tar leseren med på en reise til flere titalls land på fi…re kontinenter. Reisen starter i Europa, i London, og drar til Norge, Frankrike, Spania, Italia og USA. Tvedt viser at til tross for det moderne menneskets ”vannblindhet” er dagens samfunn mer avhengig av vann og av å kunne kontrollere det enn noen samfunn før oss.

Vannet binder derfor mennesker sammen på en helt spesiell måte. Fordi det er i evig bevegelse, er vannet både alles eiendom, og det er seg selv ved samtidig å vise utover seg selv, som forutsetning for alt liv.

The River Nile in the Post-colonial Age

nile_historyTvedt, Terje:  (ed), The River Nile in the Post-colonial Age: Conflict and Cooperation in the Nile Basin Countries , London/New York: IB Tauris, 2009.

The Nile Basin is a vast and varied area of 350 million people. Parts of the basin have become the very symbols of African misery, suffering drought, genocide, state failure and aid dependency. At its heart lies the Nile itself. Yet whilst the importance of the river is well documented for the colonial period there is no comprehensive account of its management after independence. “The River Nile in the Post-Colonial Age” details the modern development of the Nile Basin and the efforts to manage its waters. With important new material by researchers from each of the countries through which the Nile passes, it provides an indispensable aid to understanding the complex history of the basin, the politics surrounding it and the efforts being made to jointly manage it.

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Utviklingshjelp, utenrikspolitikk og makt. Den norske modellen

omsl.Utviklingshjelp, utenrikspolitikk2009: Utviklingshjelp, utenrikspolitikk og makt. Den norske modellen (2.ed). Oslo: Gyldendal

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Last ned boken (pdf) 1. opplag

Utviklingshjelp, utenrikspolitikk og makt . Den norske modellen kom første gang ut i 2003. I denne reviderte 2. utgaven føres analysen av norsk utviklings- og utenrikspolitikk helt frem til i dag.

I boken vises hvordan systemiske trekk som elitesirkulasjon og korporativisme har forsterket seg på en rekke områder. Den dokumenterer også hvordan utviklingspolitikken og utenrikspolitikken i de senere årene har mobilisert stadig større deler av samfunnet og utvidet sin maktbasis i Norge. Den gir slående eksempler på hvordan verden fortsatt modelleres i hjelperens perspektiv, og på hvordan vanskelige politiske spørsmål reduseres til enkel moraliserende posering. Dessuten diskuteres sentrale nasjonale institusjoner (som Røde Kors, NRK og Riksrevisjonen) og deres roller.

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