The Yemen Arab Republic: The Politics of Development, 1962-1986

1st Edition

Robert D. Burrowes

Published September 13, 2017
Reference - 173 Pages
ISBN 9781138184336 - CAT# Y220697
Series: Routledge Library Editions: The Gulf

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Examining political and socioeconomic change in the Yemen Arab Republic (YAR), this book, first published in 1987, focuses primarily on the quarter century following the overthrow of the imamate in 1962. The problems and politics of the period’s republican leaders and their regimes are analysed against the backdrop of Yemen’s traditional Islamic theocracy, the Zaydi imamate, which ruled for over a millennium. A country very similar to Afghanistan in its mountainous terrain, tribal social organization, and traditional Islamic culture, the YAR was almost completely isolated and insulated from the modern world and modern politics until the ousting of the imamate. This book explores in detail the processes of change, the political leaders involved, and the impact of domestic and external forces. Dr Burrowes draws on his extensive conversations with YAR leaders to provide a unique view of a country trying to cope with change and modernization.


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