Overview

The tiny country of Kuwait grabbed the world's attention during the Gulf War, during which its natural petroleum resource became the envy of its neighboring country of Iraq. But Kuwait's history goes back long before any oil was discovered, back to Mesopotamian settlements as early as 3000 BCE. Ideal for high school students as well as general readers, History of Kuwait offers a comprehensive look at how such a small country could, essentially, rule the world with just one natural resource. From sheikhdom to ...
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Overview

The tiny country of Kuwait grabbed the world's attention during the Gulf War, during which its natural petroleum resource became the envy of its neighboring country of Iraq. But Kuwait's history goes back long before any oil was discovered, back to Mesopotamian settlements as early as 3000 BCE. Ideal for high school students as well as general readers, History of Kuwait offers a comprehensive look at how such a small country could, essentially, rule the world with just one natural resource. From sheikhdom to British protectorate to independence to invasion, Kuwait's history is long and rich with culture. Michael S. Casey demonstrates how this Middle Eastern gem has grown throughout the centuries.

The work includes a timeline of important events, starting with pre-history, biographies of important figures in Kuwait's history, a glossary of terms, and a bibliographic essay. Chapters include:
-The Land and People of Kuwait
-Desert Origins and Settlement (ca. 3000 BCE-1756 CE)
-Desert Sheikhdom (1756-1899)
-British Protectorate (1899-1961)
-Independence and Nationhood (1961-1990)
-Invasion and Occupation (1990-1991)
-Liberation (1991)
-Reconstruction (1992-1999)
-Kuwait Today (2000-Present)
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"Writing for students and interested lay people, Casey has penned an accessible analytical history of the Middle Eastern country of Kuwait. The material is structured similarly to other volumes in the Greenwood Histories of Modern Nations series, offering a timeline of historical events, a broadly chronological narrative that describes Kuwait's origins as a desert sheikhdom in the 19th century and its evolution through the present time, biographical information on notable people, a glossary, and a bibliographic essay."

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Reference & Research Book News

"The History of Kuwait includes information about the land and people, and the history of this area from ca. 3000 BCE, through independence, nationhood, invasion by Iraq in 1990, occupation, and liberation up to present day Kuwait."

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Multicultural Review

"[T]his comprehensive history of Kuwait spans from 3000 BCE, when the first settlers traveled through the northwestern coast of the Persian Gulf, to 2006 CE, when Kuwaiti women first voted in municipal elections. The book contains a thorough depiction of the country's geography and demography, tracing its evolution as a nation through its verious forms under different rulers and occupying countries. It also carefully addresses the current conditions, both social and political, of this small but wealthy country in the modern era, and includes a list of notable Kuwaitis."

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Middle East Journal

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Meet the Author

MICHAEL S. CASEY is Professor of the Humanities at Graceland University in Iowa. He holds a doctorate in Philosophy and writes extensively on military history. He is co-author of Teaching the Korean War: An Instructor's Handbook. As a member of the Kuwait-United States Defense Review Group, he helped to plan the rebuilding of Kuwait's post-war national defense, during which time he lived in Kuwait and worked with the top echelons of Kuwait's defense establishment.

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Table of Contents


Series Foreword   Frank W. Thackeray   John E. Findling     vii
Acknowledgments     ix
Timeline of Historical Events     xi
The Land and People of Kuwait     1
Desert Origins and Settlement (ca. 3000 B.C.E.-1756 C.E.)     15
Desert Sheikhdom (1756-1899)     29
British Protectorate (1899-1961)     47
Independence and Nationhood (1961-1990)     65
Invasion and Occupation (1990-1991)     85
Liberation (1991)     101
Reconstruction (1992-1999)     117
Kuwait Today (2000-)     129
Notable People in the History of Kuwait     143
Glossary     147
Bibliographic Essay     151
Index     155
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