The Ottoman Gulf. The Creation of Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Anscombe, Frederick F.

Book ID: 19651

ISBN:      9780231108393


8vo. xiv, 270 pp., 1 plan, publisher’s original wrappers, glossary, biblio, index, Columbia University Press, New York, first edition, 1997.


Using the Ottoman Imperial Archives, as well as European and Arab sources, the author explains how the combination of poor communication, scarce resources, and misplaced security concerns undermined Istanbul’s control and ultimately drove the Gulf Shaikhs to seek independence with ties to the British. The book shows how the ‘Eastern Question’ – particularly Gulf’s importance to Europe as a viable route – engendered domestic and international tensions that continue to influence the course of events in the Gulf, and around the world. [Back cover].

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