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

ISBN 9780367892050
Published December 15, 2019 by Routledge
170 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Aden, South Arabia and the United Arab Emirates: a retrospective study in state failure and state creation  1. A triumph of realism? Britain, Aden and the end of empire, 1964–67  2. The missing link? Police and state-building in South Arabia  3. Explaining the triumph of the National Liberation Front  4. The Nasser factor: Anglo-Egyptian relations and Yemen/Aden crisis 1962–65  5. The North Yemen civil war and the failure of the Federation of South Arabia  6. Failure and success in state formation: British policy towards the Federation of South Arabia and the United Arab Emirates  7. Anglo-American relations over Aden and the United Arab Emirates, 1967–71  8. From union (ʾıttihad) to united (muttahida): the United Arab Emirates, a success born of failure  9. Aden and the Gulf: the reflections of a political officer

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Clive Jones is Professor of Middle East Security at Durham University where he specialises in the history and politics of the Gulf and the Arab-Israeli conflict. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and his book, Britain and the Yemen Civil War 1962–1965 (2004/2010) was the subject of a BBC documentary.