The Politics and Security of the Gulf: Anglo-American Hegemony and the Shaping of a Region

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2010-01-22
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Since the 19th century the Gulf region has been an area of intense interest, having been influenced first by the British and more recently by the Americans. This book charts the changing security and political priorities of these two powers and how they have shaped the region.Adopting a narrative approach, the author provides background history on British involvement from the 19th century and a detailed analysis of the years after the Second World War, when oil supply became more critical. He covers the growth of US influence and the British withdrawal, and follows more recent changes as the US built up its military presence following Desert Storm and the invasion of Iraq. Looking at the three enduring missions fulfilled by the British - maintaining interstate order, protecting the free flow of commerce, which later included petroleum; and keeping out other Great Powers ' the book demonstrates how these had by 1991 been assumed almost entirely by the American leaders.A comprehensive and thorough look at the history of the Gulf and the contemporary issues affecting the region, this will be essential reading for students of Middle East history, military history and diplomatic history.

Author Biography

Jeffrey R. Macris is a Permanent Military Professor at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, where he teaches Middle Eastern history and military history. A resident of the Persian Gulf for nearly three years, he has worked with military officers from most of the Arab states of the Gulf. He holds a PhD from Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies, as well as a linguist certificate in Arabic.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. viii
Maps and Photographsp. x
Introductionp. 1
Great Britain's legacy in the Persian Gulfp. 9
World War II and the arrival of the Americansp. 33
The early Cold War, the loss of India, and Nasser's revolt against the British, 1946-58p. 81
The British position in the Gulf under assault, 1958-67p. 119
Britain births a new Gulf order, 1968-71p. 155
The chaotic interregnum: America cries enough, 1972-91p. 189
Pax Americana-Bellum Americanum, 1991-presentp. 229
Conclusionp. 247
Notesp. 259
Bibliographyp. 295
Map creditsp. 309
Photograph creditsp. 310
Indexp. 315
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