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date: 19 June 2021

The Nile Waters Issuelocked

The Nile Waters Issuelocked

  • Terje TvedtTerje TvedtDeaprtment of Geography, University of Bergen

Summary

To understand the role of the modern Nile in African history, it is first necessary to have familiarity with the premodern “natural” Nile, including both its hydrology and societal importance. It is well known that no river basin in the world has a longer, more complex, and more eventful history. The Nile water issue in modern times is a history of how economic and political developments in East and North Africa have been fundamentally shaped by the interconnectedness of the Nile’s particular physical and hydrological character; the efforts of adapting to, controlling, using, and sharing the waters of the river; and the different ideas and ambitions that political leaders have had for the Nile.

Subjects

  • Economic History
  • Northeastern Africa
  • Political History

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