Without Glory in Arabia: The British Retreat from Aden

Without Glory in Arabia: The British Retreat from Aden

Hardback International Library of Colonial History

By (author) Peter Hinchcliffe, By (author) John T. Ducker, By (author) Maria Holt

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  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris
  • Format: Hardback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 144mm x 216mm x 34mm | 540g
  • Publication date: 31 October 2006
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1845111400
  • ISBN 13: 9781845111403
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, maps, ports.
  • Sales rank: 761,875

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'So we left without glory but without disaster ' Sir Humphrey Trevelyan, the last High Commissioner of the Federation of South Arabia. In 1967, 139 years after their arrival in Aden, the British withdrew from the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula. Their departure was abrupt, messy and controversial. Using important, previously unpublished material and original interviews with a range of individuals, both British and Yemeni, who lived through this defining period of colonial history, "Without Glory in Arabia" tells the story of the final few years of British rule in Aden and the neighbouring Eastern and Western Aden Protectorates. While some view British rule, on the whole, as beneficial to the local population, others insist that very little was achieved. Worse, Britain did not provide a structure of government constitution which met the conflicting needs of Aden and the Protectorate. This illuminating book brilliantly sets the 'scuttle' - as the episode came to be known - in context with a thorough re-examination of the background against which the events of the 1960s unfolded in this obscure backwater of the British Empire.

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John Ducker was in the British Overseas Civil Service in Aden and the Protectorate from 1960 to 1967. He was then with the World Bank, working especially on Africa, but also Afghanistan and Romania. Since 1992 he has carried out a number of consultancies for the Bank and UNDP in Central Asia focusing on the management of foreign assistance and investment. Peter Hinchcliffe is an Honorary Fellow of Edinburgh University where he teaches Middle East History and Politics. His first career was with the British Overseas Civil Service in Aden and the Federation of South Arabia which provides the background to and inspiration for Without Glory in Arabia. He also served in the British Diplomatic Service as, amongst other positions, British Ambassador to Kuwait, High Commissioner in Zambia and Ambassador to Jordan. His other publications include Jordan: A Hashemite Legacy, Conflicts in the Middle East since 1945. Dr Maria Holt is a Research Fellow in the Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster. She has a long involvement in Middle East politics, both as an academic and a lobbyist, and has published a number of books and articles on Arab Muslim women and violent conflict.

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THE TIMES 'a valuable archive of the vacillation that led to British loss of face in South Arabia.'- WADHAM COLLEGE GAZETTE 'Important, previously unpublished material and original interviews' 'gripping... combines historical sweep with individual reminiscence' - John Hewitt ' A detailed, beautifully written and, at times, humorous account of Britain's withdrawal from its last colonial possession in the Middle East.' Clive Jones, Middle Eastern Studies