Saudi arabia is traditionally viewed through the lenses of islam tribe and the economics of oil desert kingdom now provides an alternative history of environmental power and the making of the modern saudi state. Desert kingdom has 52 ratings and 1 review justin said this book is as advertised how oil and water forged modern saudi arabia by oil and water and the science and technology used to harness them have long been at the heart of political authority in saudi arabia oils abundance and the fantastic wealth it generated has been a . Desert kingdom how oil and water forged modern saudi arabia dirk j vandewalle bio cambridge ma and london harvard university press 2010 312 pages 2995. Desert kingdom how oil and water forged modern saudi arabia toby craig jones cambridge ma and london harvard university press 2010 pp 320 index 2295 2995 hardback isbn 978 0 6740 4985 7 increasing international interest in saudi arabia following 11 september 2001 coupled with the cautious opening of the country to foreign . Desert kingdom deals with the history of modern saudi arabia and the role played by oil water and other resources in the coming about of the saudi state jones pays special attention to internal saudi geopolitics
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