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.

 

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.

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.

 

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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The River Nile in the Age of the British

river_nilePolitical Ecology and the Quest for Economic Power

Tvedt, Terje: 2004/2007: The River Nile in the Age of the British. London/New York: I.B. Tauris.

The River Nile in the Age of the British was shortlisted by the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies as runner up in the competition for the best book on the Middle East written irrespective of discipline.

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Southern Sudan: An Annotated Bibliography

This major bibliography presents researchers, consultants, planners, aid organizations and others with the most comprehensive overview of the literature on the southern Sudan. To facilitate ease of use it is organized according to important topics of regional development: agriculture and pastoralism; anthropological and cultural studies; British and European colonialism; Christian mission and church studies; development; fisheries; health; pre-colonial history; language studies; natural sciences; politics, ethnic and religious strife and civil war; travel and geography; and water and climate. There is a separate section detailing reports produced by consultants, governments, NGOs and UN and international aid organizations. An inventory of NGO and UN organizations working in the region and a chronology of events are also included.

Tvedt, Terje (2004): Southern Sudan: An Annotated Bibliography.  2 vols., 2nd. Ed., London/ New York: IB Tauris. 2004. 624 pages.

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The Nile: An Annotated Bibliography

This bibliography provides a comphrehensive survey of the literature relating to the many political, cultural, economic and developmental aspects of the Nile. All disciplines are covered, including geography, history, anthropology and medicine; travel literature, planning and project literature produced by government bodies, international agencies and consultancy firms, and literature on basin-wide planning, water agreements and water need assessments for sectors and countries. If the Nile basin countries are to pursue co-operation and development successfully, dissemination of information about the river to all countries is crucial.

Tvedt, Terje (2004): The Nile: An Annotated Bibliography. 2nd edition. London/New York: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd.  544 pages.

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Conflicts in the Horn of Africa

1993: (ed.) Conflicts in the Horn of Africa: human and ecological consequences of warfare, Uppsala: EPOS, 1993.

This volume analyses and documents some collective consequences of different wars in Africa. These exhibit varying characteristics; the immediate national and regional consequences of large-scale regional wars in Ethiopia/Eritrea an in the Sudan, the tribal warfare in southwestern Ethiopia, the indirect and long-term consequences of World War I in the Blue Nile basin and the appalling destruction caused by warring clans and groups in Somalia. Assumptions about the nature of war and its societal role vary, as do notions of possible dimensions and levels of analysis. The contributions deal with some of these angles and with different focuses, both in order to understand them properly, and to demonstrate the need for empirical, contextual analyses. The authors examine issues leading to conflicts and consequences of conflicts on a human and an ecological level through selected case studies. The seminar upon which this book is based invited scholars representing different disciplines, geographical areas and perspectives.