First published in 1989. Bahrain is at the same time unique among the Arab oil-producing Gulf states and indicative of future developments in these emirates. Its uniqueness lies in the social, political, and economic structures of the country: The indigenous population is characterized by a peculiar set of overlapping cleavages; the country's industrial work force has a history of militant action and a degree of political consciousness unmatched in neighbouring states; and the islands' economy has achieved a level of diversification into non-petroleum-related activities that is the envy of planners in the surrounding area. This study provides an overview of current trends on the islands and of the social and historical context from which they have emerged. It is intended as an introduction to Bahraini affairs for the general reader and thus makes use of the existing literature wherever possible.
Table of Contents
Preface -- Notes to the Reader -- Geographical and Social Structure -- The Establishment of the British Imperial Order -- The Nationalist Movements of the 1950s -- Contemporary Politics -- Contemporary Economic Affairs -- Foreign Relations
Lawson, Fred H.