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Records of Qatar 1966–1971

Records of Qatar 1966–1971
4 Volume Hardback Set

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Cambridge Archive Editions
  • Date Published: August 2006
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  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781840971750

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  • These four volumes are the latest collection from Archive Editions detailing the history of Qatar. These 3400 pages consist of despatches, letters, reports, minutes and records of meetings reflecting the British Government departments most closely involved with the political and economic development of Qatar during the period 1966–1971. Historical overview - this period saw the end of Qatar's 150 years as a British Protectorate and its emergence as an independent sovereign state. Also covered is the coup d'etat of 1972 in which Sheikh Khalifah bin Hamad al-Thani deposed his cousin Sheikh Ahmad bin Ali al-Thani. Other subjects covered include: internal security; relations with Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, centering on land and sea boundary disputes; relations with India and Pakistan, with respect to their nationals working in Qatar; defence procurement; petroleum affairs, and development of infrastructure.

    • Part of a wider series of documents detailing the history of Qatar between 1820 and 1971
    • Provides documentary sources from the end of Qatar's existence as a British Protectorate and its emergence as an independent state
    • Details frontier negotiations and questions of sovereignty as well as constitutional, military and defence developments to help understand the development of modern Qatar
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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2006
    • Format: Multiple copy pack
    • Isbn: 9781840971750
    • Length: 3400 pages
    • Dimensions: 324 x 267 x 282 mm
    • Weight: 7.5kg
    • Availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
    • Paper: Printed on acid free paper
    • Binding:  Library binding with gilt finish. The front cover carries the Qatari crest. 
    • Resume

      These four volumes are the latest collection from Archive Editions detailing the history of Qatar. These 3400 pages consist of despatches, letters, reports, minutes and records of meetings reflecting the British Government departments most closely involved with the political and economic development of Qatar during the period 1966–1971. 

    • Historical Overview

      This period saw the end of Qatar's 150 years as a British Protectorate and its emergence as an independent sovereign state. Also covered is the coup d'état of 1972 in which Sheikh Khalifah bin Hamad al-Thani deposed his cousin Sheikh Ahmad bin Ali al-Thani. Other subjects covered include: internal security; relations with Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, centering on land and sea boundary disputes; relations with India and Pakistan, with respect to their nationals working in Qatar; defence procurement; petroleum affairs, and development of infrastructure.
      For more detailed description of the material covered in this set follow Link to the Editor's Introduction. 

    • 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 Qatar. Such evidence improves our understanding of the modern political position of Qatar. It includes, for example, examination of frontier negotiations and questions of sovereignty; constitutional, military and defence developments.

      Most of the documents reproduced for the period pre-1947 are found in the India Office Records. Papers for the period 1947–1971 are chiefly found at the National Archives, London. File references are given for the benefit of researchers.

  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1. 1966:
    1. Overviews
    2. Ruling family affairs: Plans for an extended visit by, and education of, Shaikh Khalifah bin Hamad's sons in England
    The visit to the United Kingdom of the Deputy Ruler of Qatar, Shaikh Khalifah bin Hamad, in July 1966
    Shaikh Hamad's visit to France
    3. International affairs and governance
    4. Regional relations: Relations with Abu Dhabi
    The Qatar–Bahrain seabed dispute
    Relations with Iran
    5. External affairs: Relations with Great Britain, Pakistan and India
    Qatar's interest in joining UNICEF
    6. Finances and banking
    7. Civil aviation: air traffic control
    8. Economic development: Work on Doha Port improvements
    Overseas Dredging Company losses
    9. Educational matters: use of foreign teachers
    10. Legal and judicial affairs: The issue of the legal position of a foreigner married to a Qatari
    Sir John Whyatt's visit
    The issue of transfer of jurisdiction
    The new Qatar Insurance Law
    Traffic Law amendments
    The Labour Court
    11. Petroleum affairs
    12. Overviews
    13. Ruling family affairs: Meetings with the Ruler and the Deputy Ruler
    Miscellaneous family matters
    14. Internal affairs: Administrative reform
    The investigation into an outbreak of food poisoning in Qatar
    15. Regional relations: The regional effect of the crises in the Middle East
    The Qatar–Saudi Arabia Cultural Agreement
    Relations with Abu Dhabi
    Relations with Bahrain. Volume 2. 1967–1968:
    1. External affairs: The Qatar Government's interest in receiving assistance from UNICEF
    The visit of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh
    2. Defence affairs: Security Forces, armaments and equipment
    3. Financial affairs: currency reform
    4. Commercial affairs
    5. Petroleum affairs: Reports of the Sixth Arab Petroleum Congress
    Negotiations on relinquished areas and offshore drilling plans by Continental Oil Company
    6. Overviews
    7. Ruling family affairs: The State visit of Shaikh Khalifah, Deputy Ruler of Qatar, to the United Kingdom in 1968
    Miscellaneous news and travels of the Ruling Family
    Local talks with the Ruler of Qatar
    8. Internal affairs
    9. Regional affairs: Aspects of formation of the Gulf Union
    Relations with Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Iran
    10. Defence affairs: Acquisition of armaments and supplies
    Security Forces and training aid from the SAS
    11. Labour and industrial relations
    12. Financial affairs and fiscal matters
    13. Commercial affairs: the contractual problems of Overseas Dredging Company Limited
    14. Petroleum affairs: operations and exploration by Continental Oil Company and Union Oil, and Shell's labour problem. Volume 3. 1969–1970:
    1. Overviews
    2. Ruling family affairs: Shaikh Khalifah's visit to London in 1969
    3. Internal affairs and governance: the drafting of a constitution for Qatar, the attitude of the Ruler to the constitution, and Shaikh Khalifah's methods of administration
    4. Regional affairs: Qatar's attitude to plans for a Gulf Union
    Relations with Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Iran and Saudi Arabia
    5. Foreign affairs: administrative aspects of the work of the Foreign Affairs Department
    6. Defence affairs: consideration of the effect of the planned British military withdrawal from the Gulf in 1971
    7. Economic development: attempts to initiate various programmes and projects
    8. Petroleum affairs:
    19th OPEC Conference held at Doha, 14–16 December 1969
    Continental Oil Company's relinquished concession, and concession availability
    Concession agreement with a Japanese Consortium
    9. Overviews
    10. Internal affairs
    11. Regional relations: relations with Iran and Saudi Arabia
    12. Defence affairs: acquisition of armaments and equipment
    13. Transport and communications, civil aviation matters. Volume 4. 1970–1971:
    1. Economic development: Economic Survey – British proposals for sponsorship and undertaking of a major economic survey
    2. Social affairs: analysis and interpretation of th

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    A. Burdett

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