Without Glory in Arabia

Without Glory in Arabia : The British Retreat from Aden

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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 Using important, previously unpublished material and original interviews with a range of individuals, both British and Yemeni, who lived through this defining period of colonial history, Without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.show more

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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 34mm | 399.16g
  • I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd.
  • I.B.Tauris
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New
  • 1780762895
  • 9781780762890
  • 1,820,804

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'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 Studiesshow more

About Peter Hinchcliffe

Peter Hinchcliffe is an Honorary Fellow of Edinburgh University where he teaches Middle East History and Politics. He 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.His other publications include Jordan: A Hashemite Legacy, Conflicts in the Middle East since 1945. John Ducker was in the British Overseas Civil Service in Aden and the Protectorate from 1960 to 1967, then moved to the World Bank. Since 1992 he has carried out a number of consultancies for the Bank and UDNP in Central Asia, Maria Holt is a Senior Lecturer in Democracy and Islam Programme, at the Department of Politics and International Relationsm University of Westminster. She has a long involement 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.show more

Table of contents

List of illustrations Aden: A poem by James Nash Acknowledgements List of abbreviations and acronyms Introduction Historical and Constitutional Background The International Context of South Arabia and British policy The Political Officers in the Western Aden Protectorate (WAP) The Eastern Aden Protectorate (EAP) Robin Young's Diaries The Military Aden: The 1966 Defence White Paper British Civilians reflect on the End of Empire in Aden An Oral History of Colonialism and Revolution in Southern Yemen Britain and Aden: A Relationship for the Twenty-First Century Appendix 1: Sir Richard Turnbull remembers Appendix 2: Mukalla 1960: Matters Colonial, Consular and Curious Appendix 3: Peter Hinchcliffe's Letter of Appointment Appendix 4: An Oral History of the British in Aden Notes Bibliography Indexshow more

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