Contemporary Yemen. Politics and Historical Background.

Pridham, B. R.

Book ID: 8149

ISBN:      0709920849


8vo. xi, 276 pp., tables, maps, cloth in d/w, biblio, notes, index, previous owner’s name inscribed verso front & lower covers, small dent to lower spine, otherwise copy clean & in very good condition, Routledge, London, first edition, 1984.


This volume examines the then-two Yemens, North and South, and their strategic importance in the Middle East. South Yemen, formerly Aden, was a Marxist country controlling the entrance to the Red Sea. North Yemen contained rival tribal factions and was a buffer country between the Marxists of South Yemen and Saudi Arabia, a traditional Islamic and pro-Western country. This book considers the internal politics of the two countries, discussing the tribal divisions in North Yemen and the attempts by the Soviets to establish a stable pro-Soviet regime in South Yemen, and it also discusses international politics connected with the Yemens. Government institutions are examined and the attempts to forge these comparatively backward countries into modern states along with the prospects for union between the two countries are discussed.

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