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Records of Yemen 1798–1960

Records of Yemen 1798–1960
16 Volume Hardback Set

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  • Date Published: September 1993
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  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781852073701

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  • The prospect of unification of the Yemen in 1990 prompted the beginning of work on this collection which is likely to remain unrivalled as the definitive source work for the history of the region. Five years of research, including privileged access to ancient and fragile archives now closed to public view, have culminated in an extensive collection of key original documents reproduced in facsimile from British government files, detailing the history of the affairs of the Imams of Sana'a and the Aden Colony and Protectorate. The important historical material in this work provides scholars, administrators and diplomats with an extensive and importance repertoire of primary documents reflecting the history of the Yemen. The editor, the late Doreen Ingams, and her husband Harold, the distinguished administrator, traveller and writer, first came to Aden in 1934 and were the first Europeans to live in Hadhramawt.

    • Facsimile collections of key documents from archive sources
    • Previously unknown or fragmented material now available in a coherent collection
    • Carefully selected and edited for maximum value to researchers and scholars
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    • Date Published: September 1993
    • Format: Multiple copy pack
    • Isbn: 9781852073701
    • Dimensions: 245 x 160 mm
    • Availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
    • Paper: Printed on acid free paper
    • Binding: Library binding with gilt finish. The front cover carries the Yemeni crest. 
    • Resume

      The prospect of unification of the Yemen in 1990 prompted the beginning of work on this collection which is likely to remain unrivalled as the definitive source work for the history of the region. Five years of research, including privileged access to ancient and fragile archives now closed to public view, have culminated in an extensive collection of key original documents reproduced in facsimile from British government files, detailing the history of the affairs of the Imams of Sana'a and the Aden Colony and Protectorate. The important historical material in this work provides scholars, administrators and diplomats with an extensive and importance repertoire of primary documents reflecting the history of the Yemen.  

    • Historical Overview

      Early volumes reveal the legendary fascination of 'Arabia Felix' (as the Yemen was once known), the competition of European powers for the coffee trade and the arrival of the British, by force, in Aden in 1839. The later volumes show the political instability of the post-war period which was to lead to the departure of the British in 1967. For much of the modern period the volumes provide evidence for the development of the Imamate in the north, the Aden Colony and Protectorate in the south, the impact of the British and Ottoman empires, and the complex political relations between Sana'a and Aden.
       
      The documents trace the ferment of conflict and shifting allegiances between the tribes. Negotiations and treaties on boundary affairs are examined in detail and the Saudi-Yemeni flashpoints of the twentieth century are fully covered.
       
      The collection is magnificent - illustrated with historic prints, photographs and maps, including colour plates and full-colour maps.  

    • Documentary Importance

      Doreen Ingrams and Leila Ingrams bring to their editorship a long personal knowledge of the Yemen. Their work has included writings and exhibitions on its history, culture and social writings and exhibitions on its history. Doreen and her husband Harold, the distinguished administrator, traveller and writer, first came to Aden in 1934 and were the first Europeans to live in Hadhramawt. They shared the Gold Medal of the Royal Geographical Society and the Lawrence Medal of the Royal Central Asian Society. Both received the Richard Burton Memorial Medal of the Royal Asiatic Society. Leila is their daughter and spent her early childhood in the Yemen which she has frequently revisited up to the present day.
       
      The publishers and editors acknowledge with thanks the assistance of the British Library (Oriental and India Office Collections) in granting access to the Aden records.

    • Arrangement of Volumes

      CONTENTS OUTLINE
      Landmarks In The Recorded History Of The Yemen:
      First recorded visit of the Portuguese to Aden, 1513
      John Jourdain's remarkable journey to Sana'a, 1609
      Carsten Niebuhr's journeys in Yemen, 1761-63 including accounts of Hodeidah, Taiz, Aden and Hadhramawt, the coffee trade in Mokha; an audience with the Imam of Sana'a
      Muhammad Ali Pasha's Egyptian troops against the Wahhabis, 1817
      Survey of Kuria Muria and Socotra, 1830s
      The British capture of Aden, 1839
      Treaty of Peace, Friendship and Commerce with Sultan Ali bin Muhsin Fadhl of Lahej, 1849
      Conflict in the Tihamah; the Turks at Hodeidah and Mokha, 1840s
      Murder of Imam of Sana'a, 1850
      Development of British Settlement at Aden, 1850s onward
      Water supply projects, 1869 onward
      Relations with tribes; Fadhli, Aqrabi, Aulaqi, Kathiri, Qu'aiti
      Turkish occupation of the Tihamah; Asiri uprising; state of anarchy in Sana'a, 1850s & 1860s
      Ali Pasha, Governor of Yemen, recaptures Hodeidah, 1870
      Ahmad Mukhtar Pasha enters Sana'a, 1872; Turkish occupation
      British declare Aden Protectorate, 1873
      Turkish claims and confrontations at Hawshabiand Lahej, 1870s
      Turkish rule in Yemen; Imam urges revolt, 1890s
      Imam of Sana'a requests protection of British Government, 1900
      Development of Aden port and harbour, 1880s
      British purchase Shaykh Othman, 1882
      Delimitation of Anglo-Turkish boundary, 1902-5 and the Anglo-Turkish line, 1913
      Rebellion of the Idrisi, 1909 and conditions in Asir, 1910
      Military operations of Imam and Idrisi, 1911-1913
      World War I: British treaty with Idrisi, 1915; the Yemen Confederacy, 1917; British support of tribes against Turks; negotiations with Imam, 1917
      Turkish evacuation, 1918-1920; Imam Yahya attempts to re-unite the Yemen, 1919
      Ibn Saud takes over Asir, 1925 and the Mecca Agreement, 1927
      Treaty between the Yemen and Hijaz-Nejd, 1931
      Treaty of Friendship and Mutual Co-operation between United Kingdom and the Yemen, 1934
      Saudi-Yemeni war over Asir; Treaty of Taif, 1934
      Proposal to obtain oil concessions from Imam, 1936
      Aden becomes British colony, 1937
      World War II: effect on the Yemen, Aden colony and Protectorate; measures against Italian activity
      Famine in Hadhramawt, 1943
      Opposition to Imam Yahya and his assassination, 1948; opposition to Imam Ahmad, 1950
      Oil exploration in Shabwa area, 1949 and oil surveys, 1950s
      Movement against British rule and calls for independence, 1950s
      Yemen: attempted coup against Imam Ahmad, 1957
      West's confrontation with Soviet bloc on military and economic aid, 1950s
      Aden: general strike and state of emergency, 1958; federation of the Amirates of the south, 1959; arms traffic into Aden Protectorate; the South Arabian League; continued unrest, 1960

    • Key Documents

      MAPS
      The prints and photographs include:
      Prospect among the coffee mountains, 1760s
      View of Mokha, c.1830
      Palaces of Sultan Muhsin at Lahej, c.1809, and Aden, c.1840
      Sketch of ancient minaret by Capt. S. B. Haines, 1840s
      Destruction of Shuqra, 1866
      Nineteenth-century Turkish officials serving in the Yemen
      Mosque at Mokha, c.1870s
      Aden, Steamer Point, 1870s
      Tomb and mosque of Shaykh Othman, 1893
      Aden, Crater, Main Pass in distance, 1900
      The Sultans of Lahej, early 20th century
      Mukalla, West Gate with Kasadi Palace, 1923
      Island of Kamaran, 1936
      Shihr: palace of Mohri Sultan, 1937
      Caravan from Mukalla descending Aqabat al-Hibil, 1934
      The Walled City of Shibam, 1943
      Iman Yahya, 1930 and Imam Ahmad, 1950s
      Sana'a: royal children with the Imam's soldiers, 1930
      Site for Aden Oil Refinery, 1952
      Sana'a: the Imams palace, 1952
      Views of Seiyun and Tarim in Wadi Hadhramawt, 1940s
      The folding maps and views, some in colour, include:
      Niebuhr's map of Arabia showing the Yemen, 1773
      Indian Navy survey of Sokotra, 1835
      Map showing the conquests of Muhammed Ali Pasha of Egypt on the Shores of the Red Sea, 1837
      The Yemen and the tribes in the vicinity of Aden, 1839
      Chart of the Gulf of Aden, 1847
      Aden boundary line claimed by British, 1902
      Map of Lahej delta and Aden with Ottoman Turkish inscription, 1915
      Outline map of Asir, 1916
      The Yemen and the Western and Eastern Aden Protectorates, 1956
      The volcanic range of Jabal Shamsan forming a background to Aden Camp and Settlement: water-colour by Capt. Haines, c.1840
      Panoramic view of the walled city of Sana'a from the terrace of the Turkish Commandant's house, c.1870
      The colour plates include:
      Aden Camp and Settlement: water-colour by Capt. S.B.Haines, 1840s
      View of Mokha, c.1860
      Coastal view of Red Sea, c.1860
      Postage stamps: Aden Colony, 1937; Qu'aiti State of Shihr and Mukalla, 1942; Kathiri State of Seiyun, 1942
      The maps in the text include:
      Routes from Aden to tribal territories; Abdali, Aqrabi, Fadhli, Subayhi, c.1860s
      Extent of British territory, 1891
      Limits of Amir of Dhala, 1902
      Turkish campaign: railways and boundary line, 1906
      Tribal map of Hadhramawt, 1916
      Al Quhrah and tribes around Sana'a, 1917
      Tribes and districts around Mokha and Taiz, 1917
      Sketch map of Yemen and Asir, 1924
      Sketch map of boundary line between Asir, Tihamah and Yemen; disposition of Saudi forces, c.1934
      Treaty of Taif boundary line, 1934
      British Forces Aden Command Patrol Areas, 1943
      Dhofar-Mahrah boundaries, 1947
      Frontier claims by Ibn Saud, 1950s

  • Editors

    D. Ingrams

    L. Ingrams

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