Kuwait: Social Change in Historical Perspective

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Contents
PREFACExi
INTRODUCTION1
PART I -- Pre-Oil Kuwait15
1 The Origins and Structural Development of Kuwait17
The Bedouin Basis of Social Structure17
The Structural Basis of Kuwaiti Settlement22
The Changing Balance of Power: 1762-189628
2 British Gulf Policy and Kuwait in the Nineteenth Century37
Britain in the Arab Gulf37
Britain and Kuwait41
Conclusion53
3 The Underdevelopment of Kuwait54
Kuwait Under Mubarak54
Kuwait Between Two World Wars59
PART II -- Post-Oil Kuwait79
4 The New Integration: The Continuity of Dependency81
The Changing Structure of Autocracy81
The Changing Structure of Peripheral Integration87
Oil and the Capital Surplus Economy93
Dependency and Class in the Capital Surplus Society100
5 The Transformation of Kuwait102
The Economic Transformation102
The Transformation of Labor111
The Demographic Transformation117
Conclusion128

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