A History of Modern Yemen

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Yemen's modern history is unique and deserves to be better understood. While the borders of most Middle East states were defined by colonial powers after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, a single Yemeni state was not formed until 1990. In fact, much of Yemen's twentieth-century history was taken up constructing such a state, forged after years of civil war. The book is augmented by illustrations, maps and a detailed chronology.

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'If you have time to read a single book on Yemen's recent past, Paul Dresch's A History of Modern Yemen is the one for you.' American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521790925
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/7/2000
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of maps and figures
Preface ad acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
1 Turkey, Britain and Imam Yahya: the years around 1900 1
Imperial divisions 3
Premodern Yemen 11
Political connections 18
Forms of life 22
2 Yahya and the British: 1918-1948 28
Control of Yemen 28
Aden's hinterland and Hadramawt 35
A geographical intersection 41
The dynastic state 43
Modernist contradictions 49
The coup of 1948 54
3 A new form of politics: the 1950s 58
Changes in the South 58
The Aden hinterland 62
Ahmad's domain 65
The new politics 71
Cairo and Sanaa 77
Constitutions and revolution 85
4 Revolutions and civil wars: the 1960s 89
Revolution in the North 89
Armed struggle in the South 96
Aden as political focus 99
'Abd al-Nasir and Yemen 102
The end of the British in the South 108
The end of the Egyptians in the North 114
Consolidation of two states 118
5 Two Yemeni states in the 1970s 120
Socialism in half a country 120
Iryani, Hamdi and Salmayn 124
Two states in a sea of migrants 131
Salmayn and Ghashmi 135
The culture of two states 140
Politics and economics 145
6 Yemen in a wider world: politics and economics through the 1980s 151
Rivalry across the central area 151
The Northern state 156
Oil and gas 160
Intellectuals, economists and soldiers 163
The Southers state 168
Modern Yemen 172
Regional and wider politics 179
7 Yemen as a single state 183
Yemen and the Gulf crisis 183
The "transitional period" 186
Control of Yemen 195
Political economy 198
The wider world 204
Someone else's millennium 209
App. 1 Major tribal groupings of the North 215
App. 2: A different history 216
Glossary 217
Brief chronology 219
Notes 223
References 255
Index 272
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