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The Nile: History's Greatest River

Autor Terje Tvedt
en Limba Engleză Hardback – 15 iul 2021
"[A] vivid travelogue." New Statesman"Has much to offer." The Spectator"Sparks the imagination." BBC History Magazine "A fascinating study." BBC History Revealed Magazine "Essential reading." All About History"Valiant, valuable and entertaining." Times Literary SupplementThe greatest river in the world has a long and fascinating history. Professor Terje Tvedt, one of the world's leading experts on the history of waterways, travels upstream along the river's mouth to its sources. The result is a travelogue through 5000 years and 11 countries, from the Mediterranean to Central Africa. This is the fascinating story of the immense economic, political and mythical significance of the river. Brimming with accounts of central characters in the struggle for the Nile - from Caesar and Cleopatra, to Churchill and Mussolini, and on to the political leaders of today, The Nile is also the story of water as it nourished a civilization.
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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9780755616794
ISBN-10: 0755616790
Pagini: 400
Ilustrații: 20 colour illus
Dimensiuni: 156 x 234 x 39 mm
Greutate: 0.7 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția I.B.Tauris
Locul publicării:London, United Kingdom

Caracteristici

The book not only covers the history of the river itself but the many crucial world histories that have interacted with it

Notă biografică

Terje Tvedt

Recenzii

The Nile is an ambitious undertaking, vast in scope and expanse. It is a highly recommended workbook for all those who are interested in how rivers shape history, politics and culture.
When Terje Tveldt's survey of the great river leaves Egypt for the upper reaches, we begin to learn some satisfyingly arcane facts. For those with time to spare - perhaps when taking a long sail up the great river - the book has much to offer if treated as a compendium to dip into judiciously.
A wide-ranging, idiosyncratic exploration of the ways in which the river Nile has shaped life throughout Africa across the course of centuries. This book sparks the imagination, encouraging readers to discover more about lives lived along the Nile, past and present.
[Tvedt] is an engaging, idiosyncratic guide, charting the ways in which the river has shaped everything from culture and agriculture to empire and religion. Packed with surprising detours and larger-than-life characters, it's both a fascinating study of a specific region and an illuminating look at the relationship between humans and the physical world we inhabit.
In this involving and richly nuanced narrative, [Tvedt] invites the reader to join him on his journey in a book that is part history, part travelogue, and always involving. Tvedt's love for his subject is evident on every page. Readers will find much to enjoy here, whether they are students of history, or simply looking for a book that is as accessible as it is ambitious. With a scope as vast as the Nile itself . The Nile is essential reading.
Terje Tvedt's fascinating book is an account of all this - and an attempt to underline the importance of the Nile waters in the political, economic and social life of the countries clustered around their banks. Like a heron flitting from riverbank to rock to rushing water in search of fish, Tvedt's narrative lands in a dizzying array of destinations.. Valiant, valuable and entertaining.
A hefty tome you might take with you the next time you were holidaying on the Nile.
The Nile traces the historical, cultural, economic and political influence of this great river.
A fascinating insight into the lifeblood of Africa. Written with an extraordinary eye for detail and a wonderful blend of genres.
Professor Tvedt's book is a love-letter to the Nile's history and a map of the future of the world's longest river.
An expert weaver's tapestry of history, ecology, and politics on the world's greatest river. Lucky are the armchair travelers who join Terje Tvedt on this engaging odyssey up the Nile and across millennia.
Epic. interesting and thought provoking.
This book reflects Terje Tvedt's lifetime of work on water in general and the Nile in particular. But it is a lot more than simply a book on the Nile's history, it shows too Tvedt's recognition of the influence of a range of other disciplines: geography, anthropology, political science and of course hydrology. It is a delightful book to read, and has beautiful illustrations.
The book is relevant not only to better understand the past of the Nile basin countries, but also their future. ... [it] is illustrated by beautiful and meaningful photos taken by the author himself.
The Nile is an ambitious undertaking, vast in scope and expanse. It is a highly recommended workbook for all those who are interested in how rivers shape history, politics and culture.

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"[A] vivid travelogue." New Statesman"Has much to offer." The Spectator"Sparks the imagination." BBC History Magazine "A fascinating study." BBC History Revealed Magazine "Essential reading." All About History"Valiant, valuable and entertaining." Times Literary SupplementThe greatest river in the world has a long and fascinating history. Professor Terje Tvedt, one of the world's leading experts on the history of waterways, travels upstream along the river's mouth to its sources. The result is a travelogue through 5000 years and 11 countries, from the Mediterranean to Central Africa. This is the fascinating story of the immense economic, political and mythical significance of the river. Brimming with accounts of central characters in the struggle for the Nile - from Caesar and Cleopatra, to Churchill and Mussolini, and on to the political leaders of today, The Nile is also the story of water as it nourished a civilization.


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