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Dividing the NileEgypt's Economic Nationalists in the Sudan 1918-56$
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David E. Mills

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9789774166389

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774166389.001.0001

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A Valley Divided:

A Valley Divided:

Transportation Difficulties

(p.105) 4 A Valley Divided
Dividing the Nile

David E. Mills

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter examines the means of transportation between Egyptian and Sudanese regions, ranging from ground and riverine to maritime capabilities. Initial attention to rates, inspections, and customs procedures illustrates that both Egyptian and Condominium administrations were more interested in revenue production from transport facilities than encouraging the movement of men, materials, or manufactures along the Nile Valley. Furthermore, early transport infrastructure development in both regions focused on railroad and port facilities directed toward international markets—not binding the Nile Valley. The most glaring symbol of the division of the valley was the absence of a railroad connection between Upper Egypt and northern Sudan. By the mid-1930s Egyptian nationalists were certainly aware of transportation deficiencies, but this chapter argues they accomplished little that would alleviate these problems.

Keywords:   Transportation, Nile Valley, Railroad, Port, Customs procedures, Rates, Maritime, Riverine

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