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Davidson (political science and areas studies, Shaikh Zayed U, Abu Dhabi) describes how the shaikhdoms of the lower Gulf of Arabia were transformed from undeveloped backwaters of the British Empire into some of the world's wealthiest oil producers with socioeconomic conditions comparable with many Western states. The country's most remarkable achievement, he says, is remaining a mainstay of stability in an increasingly volatile region following the withdrawal of its superpower protector and in defiance of its critics. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Table of Contents

1 The historical background 5
2 The survival of monarchy : an overview 65
3 Socioeconomic development and the diversification effort 119
4 Domestic pathologies and the political process 185
5 Globalization and the prospects for civil society 251
6 Conclusion 293
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2005

    The UAE

    The author has combined history with political science to make for something of a cutting edge book on one of the Gulf's most interesting countries. I just finished reading this, and being a veteran of the UAE for many years I found it to be very well researched with some extremely clever and original analysis, and in a completely different league to all previous books on the country.

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