The Nile today plays a crucial role in the economics, politics and cultural life of ten countries and their more than 300 million inhabitants. No other international river basin has a longer, more complex and eventful history than the Nile. In telling the detailed story of the hydropolitics of the Nile valley in a period during which the conceptualization, use and planning of the waters were revolutionized, and many of the most famous politicians of the 20th century – Churchill, Mussolini, Eisenhower, Eden, Nasser and Haile Selassie – played active parts in the Nile game, The River Nile in the Age of the British should stand as a case study of a much more general and acute question: the political ecology of trans-national river basins.
Introduction: The River Nile and the Politics of Water
Part 1: A River Conquered
1. River Imperialism
2. A British Nile
3. The Nile as Stick and Carrot
4. Nile Diplomacy, Bog Barons and War
Part 3: Collapse of a River Empire
5. The Nile and Imperial Collapse
6. Nasser's Aswan High Dam - Hydropolitics as World History
7. A Last Roar - Turning the Nile Against Nasser
Part 4: The Legacy
Epilogue: The British Nile Legacy and the Pedagogy of the Atlas
Notes on the Text
Professor Terje Tvedt is Research Director in the Faculty of Social Science, University of Bergen and a Panel Member of UNESCO's World Water Assessment Programme.