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Records of Bahrain 1961–1965

Records of Bahrain 1961–1965
5 Volume Hardback Set

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Cambridge Archive Editions
  • Date Published: December 1997
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  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781852077907

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  • 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.

    • 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: December 1997
    • Format: Multiple copy pack
    • Isbn: 9781852077907
    • Length: 3750 pages
    • Dimensions: 462 x 318 x 332 mm
    • Weight: 7.5kg
    • Availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
    • Paper: Printed on acid free paper
    • Binding: Library bindings with gilt finish
    • Resume

      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).

    • 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.

    • 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. 

    • Arrangement of Volumes

      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
      Death of Ruler, HH Shaikh Sir Salman bin Hamad al Khalifah
      Succession of HH Shaikh Isa bin Salman
      List of Government officials
      New terminal building at the airport
      Dispute between Gray Mackenzie and Kanoo
      Strategic significance of Bahrain
      Shell oil concession and Bahrain-Qatar offshore boundary
      Exile of Bahraini political prisoners and their return
      BAPCO tax questions
      Volume 2: 1962
      Prospects following accession of Shaikh Isa (December 1961)
      Petition from pearl merchants on economics of pearl trade
      Development of docks at Mina Sulman
      Progress of Bahrain-Qatar seabed dispute
      Review of Bahrain-BAPCO agreement
      Volume 3: 1963
      Pressure for reform of Bahrain Administrative Council
      Proposals for national airline
      Currency reform in Bahrain with regard to Indian rupee
      Discussion of BAPCO prices and profits
      Discovery of oil in joint Bahrain-Saudi offshore field
      Volume 4: 1964
      Shaikh Hamad is named as heir apparent
      Ruler makes state visit to UK, agrees to administrative reforms
      New housing development at Isa Town completed
      Agreement on Bahrain-Qatar seabed boundary
      Volume 5: 1965
      Adoption of the Bahrain dinar
      Population census
      BAPCO redundancies lead to civil disturbances
      Offshore oil concession signed with CONOCO

  • Editor

    A. Burdett

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