• Helene von Bismarck
Part of the Britain and the World book series (BAW)


Books about the final years of the British Empire in any given overseas dependency frequently begin with an anecdote about withdrawal: a prime minister announcing Britain’s projected departure; a flag being lowered and another one raised; a British ship leaving a foreign port forever. The trouble with the use of such images — powerful though they may be — is that they often reflect a tendency to concentrate exclusively on the reasons for British retreat, with the result that what emerges is a somewhat retrospective view of the last years of the British Empire. This book takes a different approach in its analysis of Britain’s policy in the Persian Gulf from 1961 to 1968.1 Instead of discussing the reasons for the eventual withdrawal from the region, it examines how Britain conducted its relations with the Gulf States while its presence in the area was still intact. Its content is focused on the political strategies that were designed to protect Britain’s substantial economic, political, and strategic interests in the Persian Gulf during the period between the independence of Kuwait in 1961 and the decision by the Wilson Government in January 1968 to relinquish Britain’s special position in the area as part of the general retreat from East of Suez.


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