Few people have written more books on or travelled more extensively in the Nile Basin than Tvedt. His “Nile Quest” is a three-hours documentary on his travels from the Mediterranean to the sources of the White and the Blue Niles, narrating the long history of the river on his way. The River Nile in the Age of the British, The River Nile in the Post-Colonial Age (both translated into Arabic in 2017), The Nile. The River of History, and his four volumes of bibliographies on the Nile and South Sudan constitute a comprehensive story of the modern history of the Nile (see also the Oxford Encyclopedia Britannica (2017).
Increasing water scarcity – the Nile as life artery of all civilizations and societies in Egypt
Nilometer measuring flood levels in Egypt
‘The longest kiss in history’ – the confluence of the White and Blue Nile in Khartoum, Sudan
The independence of South Sudan 9 July 2011
The Sudd in South Sudan – the world’s largest swamp and the Jonglei canal project
Pastoralists living in the swamp area in South Sudan
Explorers and colonials along the White Nile to Murchison Falls in Uganda
The Blue Nile Valley in Ethiopia – From ‘the last unconquered hell on earth’ to big dams and the future
The historic source of the Nile in Uganda at the outlet of Lake Victoria
The pyramid symbolizing the southernmost Source of the Nile in Burundi
The railway in Kenya built because of the Nile Quest
Egypt and Ethiopia – President Morsi and the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam
Egypt and the era of big dams – modern temples and control of water
The Nile has intrigued historians and poets since the days of the Pharaohs; this most famous river has been the subject of hundreds of poems and thousands of books, from Herodotus and Virgil and the travel notes of Islamic scholars and European novelists to the many modern books about Nile geology, hydrology, dams and politics. The Nile basin was home to many polities, and more than thousand language groups, two world religions and other African religions, Arabs and Africans, Western empires and Muslim states. No international river basin has a longer or more complex and eventful history of water politics than the Nile’s. The deep, silent and almost ‘timeless’ connections between river and culture and river and society have affected both the societies in the Nile basin and the river itself, and it is this story that has fascinated Tvedt and he has described in his work.
‘In the Nile Basin the past is in the present and the present in the past, but nobody can escape the impact of the Nile’s power and its history.’ The River Nile in the Age of the British, p. 326.