Britain and State Formation in Arabia 1962�1971: From Aden to Abu Dhabi

1st Edition

Clive Jones

Routledge
Published December 16, 2019
Reference - 158 Pages
ISBN 9780367892050 - CAT# K461596

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Summary

Half a century ago, Britain abandoned Aden, its last colonial outpost in the Arab world as its



attempt to establish a new polity foundered amid a rising tide of Arab nationalism, tribal



infighting and anti-colonial sentiment that eventually gave rise to the establishment of



South Yemen. Yet just over three years later in 1971, a new state, the United Arab Emirates,



emerged in Arabia, formed from the old Trucial states over which Britain had long held



sway. At a time when state failure and fragmentation has become synonymous with much



of the Middle East and where the very idea of sovereignty and legitimacy have become



contested issues, this comparative historical study of the varied British attempts at state



creation on the Arabian peninsula offers important insights into the limits of external ambition,



as well as the possibilities that great power retrenchment offered to the peoples of the



region. The legacy of British influence in Aden and Abu Dhabi still very much resonates



today; this volume explains why.



This book was originally published as a special issue of Middle Eastern Studies.

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