Saudi Arabia 1975 - 2020

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The fifth in the CAIW series, this title reflects 50 years of experience of Cambridge (UK)-based World of Information, which since 1975 has followed the region’s politics and economics.

In the period following the Second World War, Saudi Arabia – a curious fusion of medieval theocracy, unruly dictatorship and extrovert wealth - has been called a country of ‘superlatives.’ The modernisation of the Kingdom’s oil industry has been a smooth process: its oilfields are highly sophisticated. However, social modernisation has not kept pace. ‘Reform’, long a preoccupation among the Peninsula’s leaders does not necessarily go hand in hand with religion.

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Anthony Axon, M.A. (Cantab) joined The Economist in 1967 to work on a Latin American Edition. He subsequently worked for the publishing division of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg before launching World of Information in 1973 in Cambridge, UK.

Susan Hewitt first worked in publishing in 1963 in Lusaka, Northern Rhodesia (which became Zambia on independence in 1964). She worked with Gemini News Service soon after it launched in 1967 and then African Development Magazine. She joined World of Information in 1974.
The CAIW series is relevant reading for all interested in the recent history of the Arabian Gulf. The politics, and the economics that have developed so rapidly. Graduate and post-graduate students, libraries, research institutes, government departments, diplomats and NGOs will all find it a valuable resource.
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