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Records of Bahrain 1966–1971

Records of Bahrain 1966–1971
6 Volume Hardback Set

Cambridge Archive Editions
  • Date Published: May 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781840971705

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  • The years 1966–71 are of particular interest to researchers because of the intense political and diplomatic activity engendered by the announcement of the British, in 1968, of their intention to withdraw from the Gulf States by 1971. The British records are of particular interest too because the British were in the unique position of being at the heart of government in the Gulf states. They administered Bahrain's foreign and defence affairs through treaty relations from as early as 1820 and despite a convention acknowledging the independence of Bahrain agreed in 1913, right up to the British withdrawal in 1971.

    • Documents chart the political, social and economic development of Bahrain
    • Bahrain is a key strategic and economic centre in the region
    • Britain played a unique role in the government and development of the Gulf States at the time
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    • Date Published: May 2006
    • Format: Multiple copy pack
    • Isbn: 9781840971705
    • Length: 4876 pages
    • Dimensions: 440 x 393 x 232 mm
    • Weight: 10.5kg
    • Availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1. 1966: Appointment of Shaikh Mohammed as Head of Police and Public Security and Judge at the High Court of Appeal
    Dissident activities present a growing threat to the régime
    British urge internal administrative reforms to allay vigorous criticisms of the Bahrain government
    Efforts to solve the longstanding territorial sea-bed dispute with Qatar
    A review of the Iranian claim to Bahrain was prepared
    Bahrain Petroleum Company agrees the principle of Royalty Expensing. Volume 2. 1967–1968: Sudden withdrawal of Britain from Aden in 1967 causes fears for the cessation of British aid for development projects
    Continuing criticism mounted from various internal groups including the 'National Front'
    General review of the Ruling Family and an assessment of internal government reforms prepared by British officials
    Effects of the Arab defeat in the Six-Day War result in demonstrations and internal unrest
    Continued Median Line dispute with Qatar, and an assessment by the Admiralty Hydrographer as to its delineation
    Iranian claim to Bahrain affects Bahrain's applications to join bodies such as UNESCO and WHO. Volume 3. 1968: The announcement on 4 January 1968 of the British military withdrawal from the Gulf
    Shaikh Isa makes a private visit to Britain for defence talks, and to discuss the means to proceed with Bahrain airport development
    Shaikh Isa makes a visit to the USA in the search for alternative international partners
    Internal government reforms preoccupy both the Bahrain government and British officials
    Some violent demonstrations leads to plans for improved security, and the National Guard was launched
    Meetings concerning the union dominate, and Bahrain agrees in principle regarding its formation
    Territorial disputes continue, notably with Qatar over the Hawar Islands
    The Iranians call for a plebiscite to determine the strength of the attachment of the Bahraini populace to Iran
    A preliminary study for a Bahrain–Saudi Arabia Causeway project is made. Volume 4. 1969: Shaikh Isa visits both the USA and the UK
    Possibility of administrative reform
    Reaction to the British withdrawal
    Assessment of threats and disturbances to the régime, and the dilemma of any use of British troops for Bahrain defence
    Regarding the Iranian claim secret talks are held between Bahraini and Iranian delegations, and the idea of involving the UN emerges
    Protection of Bahrain airport from subversives, training and equipping of defence forces, and their command by Shaikh Hamad
    Development of civil aviation and the airport. Volume 5. 1970: Effect of Bahrain opting out of the unification plans
    Agreement to a procedure for solving the Iran–Bahrain issue through the UN: Bahrain proceeds as a sovereign state
    Relations with Iran immediately improve and impact on issues such as the Median Line dispute with Iran
    Britain continues to oversee development projects. Volume 6. 1971: Cancellation of the special treaty relations with Britain, and announcement of Independence, made on 15 August 1971
    Planning and preparation for this transition
    Some unrest and dissident activity, with Sunni–Shiah issues emerging
    Bahrain's withdrawal from Union plans affects relations with Saudi Arabia
    Relations with Iran improve
    New oil concessions are arranged, but unresolved boundary disputes continue to be a factor.

  • Editor

    A. Burdett

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