Week 5 – East of Suez

On the British withdrawal from Aden, Without Glory In Arabia gives a good insight into the politics surronding the events – but also gives a lot of space to the first-hand stories of British soldiers who were there at the time.

There’s also Britain’s Withdrawal from East of Suez, a more thorough and academic study.

But for a wider history of oil, the west and the Middle East, you cannot do better than David Yergin’s The Prize, a book published in 1990. It was made into a really excellent 8-part documentary series, handily available on YouTube. Here’s episode 6 on the 1960s.

Here are the slides from this week. And here, with apologies for delay, are the slides from the Europe class last week.


4 thoughts on “Week 5 – East of Suez

  1. Michael Burleigh’s “Small Wars, Far Away Places: The Genesis of the Modern World: 1945-65” came across my desk this week. It gives a panoramic snap-shot of events with an American tilt. Unfortunately, its shy of 14 years in respect of our curriculum.

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  2. One expression for GB post-WW2 was “managed decline.” What are the arguments for and against that expression applying to GB Foreign Policy during this course?

    I’d find it interesting to build up a list of the things we’ve studied and find out on which side of the balance sheet, if any, the various individual topics, as well as the three circles in general, fit.


  3. What was the title of the Kissenger book that was recommended during the tutorial? The one that talks about China and it’s buffer zone tribute states.

    Please let us know here as it sounds like it’s worth getting.


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