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Desert Kingdom: How Oil and Water Forged Modern Saudi Arabia

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Oil and water, and the science and technology used to harness them, have long been at the heart of political authority in Saudi Arabia. Oil's abundance, and the fantastic wealth it generated, has been a keystone in the political primacy of the kingdom's ruling family. The other bedrock element was water, whose importance was measured by its dearth. Over much of the twentie ...more
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published November 8th 2010 by Harvard University Press
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This book is as advertised. It is an exposition of the central importance of natural resource extraction and environmental manipulation in the calculus of the Saudi regime's hold on power in the Arabian Peninsula. More specifically, this book is an in-depth look at the key position occupied by the Eastern Province in the Saudi power structure, the province with most of the country's oil and water resources - and most of its Shia population. Jones argues that the salient factor in the royal famil ...more
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Toby Craig Jones is a historian of the modern Middle East at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Jones received his BA in 1994 and MA in 1998 from Auburn University.

From 2004 to 2006 Jones worked as the Persian Gulf political analyst for the International Crisis Group. In 2006, Jones received his PhD in Middle Eastern History from Stanford University.

From 2008 to 2009, Jones was a fello
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