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 it demonstrates how vital the exploitation of nature and the roles of science and global experts were to the consolidation of political authority in the desert. 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 keystone in the political primacy of the kingdoms ruling family the other bedrock element was . Desert kingdom how oil and water forged modern saudi arabia by toby craig jonescambridge ma and london harvard university press 2010 312 pages 2995. Related subjects natural resources government policy saudi arabia history 20th century water resources development government policy saudi arabia history 20th century. Desert kingdom how oil and water forged modern saudi arabia posted on january 15 2015 by jaco stoop reply this review was first published on middle east book reads 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
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