Kuwait, unlike most of its neighbours, has a well-established national identity and a long history as a nation, dating back to the eighteenth century. In this book, first published in 1992, Dr. Jill Crystal focuses on two recurring themes in Kuwaiti history: one, the preservation of a sense of community in the face of radical economic, social and political transformations; the second, internal rivalry over the conventions governing relations among members of the community. Crystal skilfully weaves these themes into a broad profile of Kuwait, analysing the nation’s transformation from a pre-oil to an oil economy; its social structure and composition, including the country’s tribal roots and key divisions involving class, gender and immigrant labour; political tensions resulting from the nation’s sudden wealth and the accompanying changes in social structure; and its relations with other countries in the Gulf and the Middle East.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Series:||Routledge Library Editions: Society of the Middle East Series , #11|
|Product dimensions:||6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)|
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. History 3. The Oil Economy 4. Kuwaiti Society 5. Political Institutions and Processes 6. Foreign Policy 7. The Aftermath of the Invasion