Editor: J. Priestland
Author:N/A ISBN: (10) 1-85207-420-3 Published: 1987 Paper: Printed on acid free paper Binding: Library bindings with gilt See sample pages:
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This companion work to the Archive Editions’ publication The Buraimi Memorials provides the evidence of the original historical and contemporary political files to set alongside the official government submissions of the Memorials. With one volume summarising the historical background from earlier records, key documents are assembled providing a broad perspective on events and conditions in the Buraimi Region in the post-war period. The chronological presentation of original records shows the cumulative build-up in the late 1940s and early 1950s of local incidents, tribal unrest, intrigue and political tension; including details of Saudi and British manoeuvres and diplomacy. The set is illustrated with a box of contemporary maps including Ibn Saud´s map of Arabia.
This publication provides a sequence of key documents selected from the enormous amount of archive material relating to the Buraimi dispute. While most of the publication is organised around the development and aftermath of the armed crisis in 1955, the first volume provides historical background up to 1949.
The documents convey the complexity of regional and tribal affairs and the cumulative strain of territorial claims and provocations. The documents show how over a period of years the British and Saudis developed irreconcilable positions and how the various attempts at settlement, including the Dammam Conference and the Arbitration Tribunal, rapidly became likely to fail. On a wider front the records show how the commercial interests of Aramco became entangled with American foreign policy and how the determination of the British to maintain their earlier level of influence led to the alienation of US support. With hindsight the Buraimi affair can be seen in conjunction with the Suez crisis as a point of re-alignment of British relations both with the Americans and with the Arab world.
The Buraimi dispute was apparently settled in 1974 when Saudi Arabia ceded, or at least relaxed, its claim in favour of Abu Dhabi in return for territorial concessions elsewhere; although the agreement has not been published.
The Buraimi Dispute: contemporary documents provides scholars and researchers with the detailed primary materials required for an understanding of the origins and escalation of the Buraimi crisis, as well as of the following years of international diplomatic repercussions involving the Arab League and the United Nations, the roles of the UK and the US and the evolving relationships of Abu Dhabi, Oman and Saudi Arabia.
This collection of primary source material provides evidence from the original political archives to set beside the official government submissions of the Buraimi Memorials themselves. Key documents show the build-up of tension and the clash of interests between the rulers of Saudi Arabia, Omani and Abu Dhabi, the British and the Americans. It includes detailed records of tribal relations and allegiances, payments of zakat, frontier claims and incursions, provocative actions and armed incidents, all of which demonstrate the international repercussions of the Buraimi dispute, the severance of Anglo-Saudi diplomatic relations, the linkage with the Suez crisis, and the increasing strain on Anglo-American understanding.