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Title: In the name of oil : Anglo-American relations in the Cold War Middle East
Author: Pearson, Ivan L. G.
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2009
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Traditional historiographies of the Cold War Middle East read into Britain's postwar economic decline a corresponding demise of British regional influence. According to these accounts, the Suez Crisis served to teach Britain new limits to its military capabilities, occasioning a break from independent endeavours to project power in the region. However, the case studies presented in this thesis demonstrate that the Suez Crisis did not mark a precipitous turning point in Britain's political influence in the Middle East in the short- to medium-term. Britain's power in the region rested upon not only its material assets, but other less tangible bases as well. Most importantly, Britain's power in the Middle East during the period examined increasingly included its ability to influence the policies of United States – a country with great resources and an emerging presence in the region.
Supervisor: Piscatori, James Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: International,imperial and global history ; International studies ; Middle East ; Cold War ; Anglo-American relations ; oil ; decolonisation