Oman, The Making of A Modern State.

Townsend, John.

Book ID: 7328

ISBN:      0856644463


8vo. 212 pp., 4 maps, tables, cloth in lightly faded d/w, appendix, index, previous owner’s name inscribed verso front & lower cover, otherwise copy clean & in very good condition, Croom Helm, London, first edition, 1977.


Oman was, until the coup which brought Sultan Qaboos to power in July 1970, one of the most remote and least known countries in the world. The author, who worked in Oman for almost seven years, a period spanning the old and new regimes, describes in this book, the legacy inherited by the new ruler from his father. This was a society held back by the political tyranny of the new Sultan’s father, and the twin tyrannies of ignorance and poor communications. In his analysis of the making of the new state, the author considers Oman’s relations with its immediate oil producing neighbours, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

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