Imperial Oasis: The Decline of Anglo-Saudi Relations
The thesis examines the decline of the relationship between Britain and Saudi Arabia from 1939 to 1951. Britain’s ties with the Hashemite kings of Transjordan and Iraq raised suspicion in the mind of King Abdul-Aziz ibn Saud. With the rise of the United States as a factor in Middle Eastern politics, the King slowly looked to Washington as his kingdom’s primary western ally. The dismissal of the British Military Mission in 1951, which had provided training for the Saudi military, represented a low point in Anglo-Saudi relations. The way in which the British thought about and dealt with Saudi Arabia provides insight as to the nature of the British Empire and the strategic considerations which influenced its formation.
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:anglo saudi relations british empire middle east arabia american
Date of Publication:04/27/2009