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Near & Middle East Titles:
Records of Bahrain 1961–1965
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ISBN: (13) 978-1-85207-790-7
Extent: 5 volumes, 3,750 pages

Editor: A. Burdett
ISBN: (10) 1-85207-790-5
Published: 1997
Paper: Printed on acid free paper
Binding: Library binding with gilt finish
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In these 3750 pages Archive Editions presents a comprehensive collection of original British government documents detailing the history of Bahrain between 1961 and 1965. Also published are two collections running from 1820 up to 1960 and 1966 to 1971.

The intention of this collection was to compile all the pages relating to the history and development of Bahrain for this period, therefore the key events are covered in greater detail than in the earlier collection (1820-1960).
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Historical Overview

The events of 1961 to 1965 include the death of Shaikh Salman bin Hamad, and the succession of Shaikh Isa bin Salman al Khalifah; a threatened coup d’etat in 1962; some attempts at internal administrative reform, particularly of the Bahrain Administrative Council; expansion of Muharraq airport and assessments of its strategic significance in the Gulf; the award of Halul to Qatar as part of the Bahrain–Qatar seabed dispute; the discovery of oil in the joint Saudi–Bahrain marine area Fasht bu Saafa; commercial development at Jufair and Mina Sulman; currency reform and the issue of national stamps. In 1965 events became violent with  demonstrations at Muharraq by dissidents who were being supported by Iraq and tolerated by Kuwait. The internal criticism of the régime was echoed internationally by the Arab League which demanded that Bahrain sever its connections with Great Britain.
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Documentary Importance

Understanding the Series
These three titles combine to create a large collection which offers historical evidence for the political, economic and social evolution of Bahrain. Such evidence improves our understanding of the modern political position of Bahrain in the Persian Gulf. This large body of documents includes, for example, examination of frontier negotiations and questions of sovereignty, particularly the claim to Bahrain by Iran and the long-running dispute with Qatar; it also provides details of constitutional, military and defence developments.

The British records are of particular interest 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. 
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Arrangement of volumes

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Contents Outline

Material has been arranged within each volume according to broad subjects including internal political affairs, social and economic development, regional and international relations. Within these general divisions documents are presented chronologically. Some highlights from the volumes include:


Volume 1: 1961

Volume 2: 1962

Volume 3: 1963

Volume 4: 1964

Volume 5: 1965

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Key documents

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Editor's Introduction

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Bahrain Government Annual Reports 1924–1970
Diplomacy in the Near and Middle East 1535–1956
Foreign Office Annual Reports from Arabia 1930–1960
Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf, Oman and Central Arabia
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Oil Concessions in Five Arab States 1911–1953: Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Trucial States and Oman
Persian Gulf Administration Reports 1873–1957
Persian Gulf and Red Sea Naval Reports 1820–1960
Persian Gulf Gazette and Supplements 1953–1972
Persian Gulf Historical Summaries 1907–1953, The
Persian Gulf Pilot 1864–1932, The
Persian Gulf Précis, The
Persian Gulf Trade Reports 1905–1940, The
Political Diaries of the Arab World: Persian Gulf 1904–1965
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