British India Office Political and Secret Files, c. 1914-1948
"International relations and economic development"
The first half of the twentieth century was a period of unprecedented change in
the Arabian Gulf states. Because of their strategic and geopolitical importance
on the route between Europe and Asia and as a result of the discovery of vast
quantities of oil, these tiny desert sheikhdoms were transformed in less than
fifty years into vibrant and powerful modern city states. During this period of
economic, social and political change, the British exercised unrivalled influence
in the region and, through their political representatives and advisers in each
state, they observed and reported on all aspects of life.
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