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

1st Edition

Clive Jones

Routledge
Published December 12, 2017
Reference - 158 Pages
ISBN 9781138556751 - CAT# Y380622

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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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