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.
Terje Tvedt is Professor of Geography at the University of Bergen and Professor of Political Science at the University of Oslo. He is an international authority on the history and politics of water and the author of a number of successful books and films on water issues, including The River Nile in the Age of the British (I.B.Tauris, 2004), which was shortlisted for the British Society for Middle East Studies Prize 2004. Among his other books are The Nile: An Annotated Bibliography (revised edition, I.B.Tauris, 2003), Southern Sudan: An Annotated Bibliography (revised edition, 2 volumes, I.B.Tauris, 2004) and (as editor) A History of Water (3 volumes, I.B.Tauris, 2006).