skip to content
Egypt's desert dreams : development or disaster? Preview this item
ClosePreview this item
Checking...

Egypt's desert dreams : development or disaster?

Author: David E Sims; Timothy Mitchell
Publisher: Cairo ; New York : The American University in Cairo Press, 2014. ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Database:WorldCat
Summary:
Egypt has placed its hopes on developing its vast and empty deserts as the ultimate solution to the country's problems. New cities, new farms, new industrial zones, new tourism resorts, and new development corridors, all have been promoted for over half a century to create a modern Egypt and to pull tens of millions of people away from the increasingly crowded Nile Valley into the desert hinterland. The results, in  Read more...
Rating:

(not yet rated) 0 with reviews - Be the first.

Subjects
More like this

 

Find a copy in the library

&AllPage.SpinnerRetrieving; Finding libraries that hold this item...

Details

Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David E Sims; Timothy Mitchell
ISBN: 9789774166686 977416668X
OCLC Number: 894611381
Description: xxii, 401 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Responsibility: David Sims ; foreword by Timothy Mitchell.

Abstract:

Egypt has placed its hopes on developing its vast and empty deserts as the ultimate solution to the country's problems. New cities, new farms, new industrial zones, new tourism resorts, and new development corridors, all have been promoted for over half a century to create a modern Egypt and to pull tens of millions of people away from the increasingly crowded Nile Valley into the desert hinterland. The results, in spite of colossal expenditures and ever-grander government pronouncements, have been meager at best, and today Egypt's desert is littered with stalled schemes, abandoned projects, and forlorn dreams. It also remains stubbornly uninhabited. Egypt's Desert Dreams is the first attempt of its kind to look at Egypt's desert development in its entirety. It recounts the failures of governmental schemes, analyzes why they have failed, and exposes the main winners of Egypt's desert projects, as well as the underlying narratives and political necessities behind it, even in the post-revolutionary era. It also shows that all is not lost, and that there are alternative paths that Egypt could take.

Reviews

Editorial reviews

Publisher Synopsis

"David Sims ... provides us with a lucid account of the underlying reasons that led Egyptians to pursue a costly strategy of developing large parts of their desert. He explains why such an approach Read more...

 
User-contributed reviews
Retrieving GoodReads reviews...
Retrieving DOGObooks reviews...

Tags

Be the first.
Confirm this request

You may have already requested this item. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

Linked Data


Primary Entity

<http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/894611381> # Egypt's desert dreams : development or disaster?
    a schema:Book, schema:CreativeWork ;
   library:oclcnum "894611381" ;
   library:placeOfPublication <http://id.loc.gov/vocabulary/countries/ua> ;
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/2218585401#Place/egypt> ; # Egypt.
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/2218585401#Topic/regional_planning> ; # Regional planning
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/2218585401#Topic/regional_planning_egypt_history_20th_century> ; # Regional planning--Egypt--History--20th century
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/2218585401#Event/1900_2099> ; # 1900-2099
   schema:about <http://dewey.info/class/307.14209620904/e23/> ;
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/2218585401#Topic/desert_resources_development> ; # Desert resources development
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/2218585401#Topic/desert_resources_development_egypt_21st_century> ; # Desert resources development--Egypt--21st century
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/2218585401#Topic/city_planning> ; # City planning
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/2218585401#Topic/city_planning_egypt_history_20th_century> ; # City planning--Egypt--History--20th century
   schema:author <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/2218585401#Person/sims_david_e_1946> ; # David E. Sims
   schema:bookFormat bgn:PrintBook ;
   schema:contributor <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/2218585401#Person/mitchell_timothy_1955> ; # Timothy Mitchell
   schema:copyrightYear "2014" ;
   schema:datePublished "2014" ;
   schema:description "Egypt has placed its hopes on developing its vast and empty deserts as the ultimate solution to the country's problems. New cities, new farms, new industrial zones, new tourism resorts, and new development corridors, all have been promoted for over half a century to create a modern Egypt and to pull tens of millions of people away from the increasingly crowded Nile Valley into the desert hinterland. The results, in spite of colossal expenditures and ever-grander government pronouncements, have been meager at best, and today Egypt's desert is littered with stalled schemes, abandoned projects, and forlorn dreams. It also remains stubbornly uninhabited. Egypt's Desert Dreams is the first attempt of its kind to look at Egypt's desert development in its entirety. It recounts the failures of governmental schemes, analyzes why they have failed, and exposes the main winners of Egypt's desert projects, as well as the underlying narratives and political necessities behind it, even in the post-revolutionary era. It also shows that all is not lost, and that there are alternative paths that Egypt could take."@en ;
   schema:exampleOfWork <http://worldcat.org/entity/work/id/2218585401> ;
   schema:genre "History"@en ;
   schema:inLanguage "en" ;
   schema:name "Egypt's desert dreams : development or disaster?"@en ;
   schema:productID "894611381" ;
   schema:workExample <http://worldcat.org/isbn/9789774166686> ;
   umbel:isLike <http://bnb.data.bl.uk/id/resource/GBB4C3823> ;
   wdrs:describedby <http://www.worldcat.org/title/-/oclc/894611381> ;
    .


Related Entities

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/2218585401#Person/mitchell_timothy_1955> # Timothy Mitchell
    a schema:Person ;
   schema:birthDate "1955" ;
   schema:familyName "Mitchell" ;
   schema:givenName "Timothy" ;
   schema:name "Timothy Mitchell" ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/2218585401#Person/sims_david_e_1946> # David E. Sims
    a schema:Person ;
   schema:birthDate "1946" ;
   schema:familyName "Sims" ;
   schema:givenName "David E." ;
   schema:name "David E. Sims" ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/2218585401#Topic/city_planning_egypt_history_20th_century> # City planning--Egypt--History--20th century
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "City planning--Egypt--History--20th century"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/2218585401#Topic/desert_resources_development> # Desert resources development
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Desert resources development"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/2218585401#Topic/desert_resources_development_egypt_21st_century> # Desert resources development--Egypt--21st century
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Desert resources development--Egypt--21st century"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/2218585401#Topic/regional_planning_egypt_history_20th_century> # Regional planning--Egypt--History--20th century
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Regional planning--Egypt--History--20th century"@en ;
    .

<http://worldcat.org/isbn/9789774166686>
    a schema:ProductModel ;
   schema:isbn "977416668X" ;
   schema:isbn "9789774166686" ;
    .


Content-negotiable representations

Close Window

Please sign in to WorldCat 

Don't have an account? You can easily create a free account.