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Documentary Studies in Arabian Geopolitics: South-West Arabia

Documentary Studies in Arabian Geopolitics: South-West Arabia
The Saudi-Yemen Dispute
6 Hardback Volume Set


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  • Date Published: November 2019
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  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781788068024

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  • In Autumn 1995 the Saudi-Yemeni border constituted Arabia´s last indeterminate territorial limit, with the exception of its westernmost stretches, from the Red Sea to Najran, settled by a treaty of 1934. Talks between the Riyadh and Sana´a Governments on the unresolved border question had been intermittently in progress since July 1992. In February 1995 the two states signed a memorandum of understanding reaffirming the provision of the 1934 Treaty of Taif. The Treaty was formally renewed in June 1995, providing for a re-demarcation of the westernmost boundary and establishing a procedural framework for the settlement of the remainder of the boundary further east. The documents provide a wide historical context in which to view the efforts to finalise the political map of the south-western peninsula. Any settlement finally reached between Saudi Arabia and Yemen will need to take full account of critical factors which have shaped the history of their borderlands.

    • Provides a unique collection of historical primary source documents from British archive sources
    • Previously unknown or fragmented material is now available in a coherent collection
    • Examination of the border between Saudi Arabia and Yemen, as at 1995. This historical review highlights many of the tensions that have contributed to the more recent degradation of the relationship between the two states
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2019
    • Format: Multiple copy pack
    • Isbn: 9781788068024
    • Length: 4000 pages
    • Dimensions: 285 x 360 x 215 mm
    • Weight: 9.2kg
    • Availability: Available in limited markets only
  • Table of Contents

    Volume coverage: Volumes 1 and 2 fall under the collective heading: Boundaries, territorial claims and disputes. Volume 1 concentrates on the old Anglo-Ottoman inter-Yemen border, a boundary which only disappeared in May 1990 with the unification of the Yemen Arab Republic and the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen, previously the Imamate of Yemen and the Aden Protectorate respectively
    Volume 2 concentrates on Saudi Arabia's southern borderlands with the newly unified Yemen
    Volumes 3 to 5 are categorised under the general heading: The shaping of state territory in south-west Arabia
    mawt. It reviews the evolving territorial definition of the Hadhramawt from 1855 onwards and it explores the question of its inclusion within the Aden Protectorate during the first part of the twentieth century. Volume 6 reviews the twentieth-century history of non-British Western contacts with south-west Arabia: Italian interest, French interest in Shaikh Said, and the interests of the oil companies are successively documented.

  • Editor

    Richard Schofield

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