Kuwait, 1945-1996: An Anglo-American Perspective

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Based on extensive research of British documents from the Public Records Office, and American documents from the National Archives and several Presidential Libraries, this book surveys events in Kuwait from the beginning of the twentieth century until the Second World War, and explains Britain's initial interest in the ruling Al-Sabah family, before focusing on the post-1945 period.

After the Second World War, Kuwait became an important British concern and also an area of considerable interest to the United States. The author explains how Washington achieved representation in Kuwait and describes the development of the region as the flow of crude oil enriched the small Shaikhdom. The Kuwaiti reaction to Egyptian president Abdul Gamal Nasser, the 1956 Suez crisis, and the Israel boycott are analysed, and the author focuses on how Britain and the Al-Sabah family worked together to establish an independent Kuwait.

The book goes on to detail the 1961 attempt of Iraqi dictator Abdul Karim Qasim to annex Kuwait, and discusses the country's progress during the first decade after independence, while also documenting Britain's departure from the Gulf region. Finally, an analysis is presented of the events leading to the 1990 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and the Anglo-American response to this crisis.

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Drawing on documents from the British Public Record Office, the US National Archives, and several presidential libraries, Joyce history, Purdue U. outlines events in the small Arabian Gulf princedom from the beginning of the 20th century before focusing on the period after World War II. She explains the British and US interests as the crude oil enriched the country, and how the rulers reacted to the Suez crisis and the Israel boycott, the collaboration with Britain to create an independent state and Iraqi attempts to recover it, and events leading up to the 1990 Iraqi invasion and the Anglo-American response. Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714644202
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/31/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The New Reality 1
2 The Egyptian Factor 31
3 Independence 51
4 The Iraqi Threat 93
5 After Independence 119
6 From London to Washington 145
Index 177
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