Britain and State Formation in Arabia 1962–1971: From Aden to Abu Dhabi, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Britain and State Formation in Arabia 1962–1971

From Aden to Abu Dhabi, 1st Edition

Edited by Clive Jones


158 pages

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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.


'Fifty years after Britain decided to abandon her formal and long-established positions in Aden and the Persian Gulf, it is fitting that this new study should re-examine the reasons for this hasty departure, which was to have such far-reaching effects on local, regional and world affairs. The contributing authors, drawn from both academic and diplomatic backgrounds, have drawn on their archival researches and experiences, to provide much-needed insights into this subject. This volume will be of considerable interest to those seeking an explanation of the nature of Britain's final departure from formal empire in the Middle East.' - Saul Kelly, King's College, London

'This scholarly and insightful volume is a fascinating addition to the literature on the recent history of a vital region. It shines a new light on the past and is an invaluable aid for those attempting to understand the political, ideological, territorial and military disorder in the region at present.' - Rory Miller, Professor of Government, Georgetown University, Qatar

'This unique volume, edited by Clive Jones, is a must-read for anyone wanting to have greater insights into the development of states in the Arabian Peninsula. It includes many dimensions of the new realities during a very formative era in Aden, south Arabia and the lower Gulf. Indeed, it offers many new perspectives that will need to be reckoned with by future generations of scholars. In tandem with the state building process in Aden, the UAE and south Arabia, the volume provides a detailed analysis of the role of the British, Arab-British relations and Anglo-American relations. It does a particularly good job of analyzing the interactions between regional and external powers in the region. The volume, which includes the work of such an accomplished line-up of scholars, will be an invaluable resource for any student, researcher or journalist that is looking to have deeper insights into this geo-politically significant region.' - Uzi Rabi, Director, The Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies and Professor, Tel-Aviv University, Israel

Table of Contents

Introduction. Aden, South Arabia and the United Arab Emirates: a retrospective study in state failure and state creation

Clive Jones

1. A triumph of realism? Britain, Aden and the end of empire, 1964–67

Aaron Edwards

2. The missing link? Police and state-building in South Arabia

James Worrall

3. Explaining the triumph of the National Liberation Front

John Albert Noel Brehony

4. The Nasser factor: Anglo-Egyptian relations and Yemen/Aden crisis 1962–65.

Robert McNamara

5. The North Yemen civil war and the failure of the Federation of South Arabia

Asher Orkaby

6. Failure and success in state formation: British policy towards the Federation of South Arabia and the United Arab Emirates

Simon C. Smith

7. Anglo-American relations over Aden and the United Arab Emirates, 1967–71

Tore Petersen

8. From union (ʾıttihad) to united (muttahida): the United Arab Emirates, a success born of failure

Brandon Friedman

9. Aden and the Gulf: the reflections of a political officer

Stephen Day

About the Editor

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.

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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies