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The Nile and its masters : past, present, future : source of hope and anger

Author: Jean Kérisel
Publisher: Rotterdam ; Brookfield, VT : A.A. Balkema, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats

Covering a range of peoples across the ages, this text explores masters of the Nile from the pharaohs to the modern-day Egyptians and beyond.


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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jean Kérisel
ISBN: 9058093433 9789058093431
OCLC Number: 48145663
Description: xiv, 177 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: The Goddess Neith --
Ch. 1. The Nile, an Ancestral Waterway. The River. Born in the southern hemisphere, in the heart of the Rift Valley. Mankind. The Rift Valley: cradle of the Nile and of the human race. Humanity on the move towards the Nile Valley: the branches of evolution. The plain of Egypt, homeland for modern man after the last glaciation. Forgotten peoples and ancient rains in the Sahara. The Pharaohs reject their African inheritance --
Ch. 2. The Age of the Pharaohs: Their Subtle Understanding of Water. Light and shade in our knowledge of ancient Egypt. The gift of the Nile. A human institution forged by geography, hydraulics and astronomy. The base of the social pyramid: the peasant, the soil and water. The middle class: influence of the milieu and creativity. The deep understanding of water in ancient Egypt. The Pharaohs: examples of their wisdom and skill. The decline and its causes. Gradual fading of the memory --
Ch. 3. The Nineteenth Century: Persistence of the Pharaonic Dream. Egyptomania and pharaonic ambitions. Bonaparte. Mehemet Ali, a self-taught foreigner with traits of a Pharaoh. Ferdinand de Lesseps, conqueror of the isthmus and victim of fir'aunia --
Ch. 4. Egypt in Modern Times. Nasser, Ahmose of modern times, Pharaoh of liberation and another case of hubris. Unnecessary drowning of the temples and villages of Lower Nubia. Consequences of the High Dam as built --
Ch. 5. The Nile, Major Source of Conflict in the Twenty-First Century: Egypt Versus the Upriver Countries. The new Nile valley, valley of hope: another pharaonic dream. The El Salam or Peace Canal: a curious offshoot of the Nile's hydraulic system. Egypt's water needs. The Tushka pumping station and the anger of Ethiopia. Threats from Sudan and Ethiopia: levies at the source. The problematic renegotiation of Nile water rights. A coming war for the waters of the Nile? Some ancient prophecies. App. 1. The hieroglyphs and hydraulic engineering --
App. 2. The High Dam, a challenge to the West --
App. 3. Use of the Grand Gallery as a hoist: A few calculations.
Responsibility: Jean Kerisel ; translated by Philip Cockle.
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