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Records of Saudi Arabia 1961–1965

Records of Saudi Arabia 1961–1965
6 Volume Hardback Set

Cambridge Archive Editions
  • Date Published: November 1997
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781852077709

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  • This is the second in the series of three titles that combine to create a large collection which offers historical evidence for the creation of Saudi Arabia, illustrating the political, social and economic changes which in just over half a century transformed the desert amirate into one of the richest countries in the world. The period 1961 to 1965 includes details of the illness of King Saud, his power struggle with Prince Faisal and the eventual accession of King Faisal; the death of Yusuf Yasin; boundary disputes including those at Buraimi, Khor al-Odaid and the boundary with Yemen, sometimes exacerbated by the demands of the oil industry; the intervention of the United Nations in the Buraimi dispute; Saudi-Jordan defence and economic agreements; UAR aggression against Saudi Arabia, particularly the poor relations between Cairo and Riyadh.

    • Facsimile collections of key documents from archive sources
    • Previously unknown or fragmented material now available in a coherent collection
    • Carefully selected and edited for maximum value to researchers and scholars
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    • Date Published: November 1997
    • Format: Multiple copy pack
    • Isbn: 9781852077709
    • Length: 3500 pages
    • Dimensions: 322 x 239 x 254 mm
    • Weight: 7.5kg
    • Availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
    • Paper:  Printed on acid free paper 
    • Binding: Library binding with gilt finish. Front cover carries the Saudi crest. 
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      This is the second in the series of three titles that combine to create a large collection which offers historical evidence for the creation of Saudi Arabia, illustrating the political, social and economic changes which in just over half a century transformed the desert amirate into one of the richest countries in the world.

      Throughout the collection there is an overall structure of subjects covered such as the affairs of the royal family, foreign and internal affairs, economic, civil and social development, defence policy and territorial negotiations and disputes. Although the early part of the collection is organised so as to present a series of key documents which provide researchers and historians with access to original documents upon which to base their own work, in this more modern period, 1960 to 1970, almost all of the material available has been included providing a very detailed series of papers for these years. Such coverage makes it possible to follow an argument or policy development in some detail.

      Several sensitive items have been retained by the FCO, and were therefore not available for inclusion.

    • Arrangement of Volumes

      CONTENTS OUTLINE
      1961
      Illness of King Saud
      Education of Crown Prince Khalid at Oxford University
      Attempt to revive Hijaz Railway
      Aramco activities near Abu Dhabi boundary
      King Hussein of Jordan visits King Saud at Taif
      Buraimi Oasis situation and Buraimi refugees
      Khor-al-Odaid situation
      Possible resumption of diplomatic relations with UK
      Report on oil company activities including Aramco; Aminoil, Getty Oil
      1962
      New Saudi Government, Prince Faisal becomes Prime Minister
      Death of Yusuf Yassin, long-term royal advisor
      Pressure for constitutional reform
      Supply of armaments by Britain and France
      Saudi-Jordan defence and economic agreements
      Cairo propaganda campaign against Saudi Arabia
      United Nations talks over Buraimi refugees problem
      1963
      Increasing opposition to King Saud from Prince Faisal
      Report of Faisal's speeches to tribes gathered at Taif
      Civil aviation: problems of permission for over-flights
      Rehabilitation plan for Hijaz Railway
      The UAR (Egypt and Yemen): acts of aggression against Saudi Arabia
      Resumption of UK–Saudi diplomatic relations
      1964
      Culmination of power struggle between Saud and Faisal: King Saud divested of powers, Emir Faisal assumes administration; full text of fatwa
      Report on electricity development
      American arms pressure on Saudi Government
      Appointment of new British Ambassador
      1965
      Report on leading personalities in the Kingdom
      Definition of the Saudi-Jordanian boundary
      Egyptian threat to Saudi Arabia over the Yemen boundary: build-up of UAR troops on the border
      British arms sales to Saudi Arabia
      Extension of the nautical limit to 12 miles

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    A. Burdett

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