The History of Kuwait

The History of Kuwait

Book - 2007
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Explore how Kuwait, a country smaller than the state of New Jersey, has become one of the most important oil-producing countries in the world.
The tiny country of Kuwait grabbed the world's attention during the Gulf War, during which its natural petroleum resource became the envy of its neighboring country of Iraq. But Kuwait's history goes back long before any oil was discovered, back to Mesopotamian settlements as early as 3000 BCE. Ideal for high school students as well as general readers, History of Kuwait offers a comprehensive look at how such a small country could, essentially, rule the world with just one natural resource. From sheikhdom to British protectorate to independence to invasion, Kuwait's history is long and rich with culture. Michael S. Casey demonstrates how this Middle Eastern gem has grown throughout the centuries.

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Writing for students and interested lay people, Casey (humanities, Graceland U. in Iowa) has penned an accessible analytical history of the Middle Eastern country of Kuwait. The material is structured similarly to other volumes in the Greenwood Histories of Modern Nations series, offering a timeline of historical events, a broadly chronological narrative that describes Kuwait's origins as a desert sheikhdom in the 19th century and its evolution through the present time, biographical information on notable people, a glossary, and a bibliographic essay. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Presents a history of Kuwait, chronicling the political, societal, and economic changes that have occurred since its settlement as a desert sheikhdom through its reconstruction period after the 1991 invasion by Iraq.

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2007
ISBN: 0313340730 (alk. paper)
9780313340734 (alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: 953.67 CAS
Characteristics: xv, 160 p. : maps ; 25 cm

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