By Carol Ann Gillespie, Manufactured by Chelsea House
Discusses the geography, background, humans, tradition, economic system, and way forward for Bahrain.
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As long as they fulfilled their treaty obligations, Britain left all local decisions up to them and did not interfere in domestic matters. Their treaty obligations were largely concerned with the absence of foreign relations and the avoidance of any sort of hostilities at sea. Under this arrangement, the rulers gained more power and prestige. The fact that Britain interacted on an individual basis with each country served to keep the states from needing to interact with one another. This further encouraged feelings of separation between the countries.
Also, all movement into or out of Bahrain and the gulf region was subject to British permission. All of this was accomplished by a very small group of four or five British officers who managed to protect British interests and keep the Persian Gulf a peaceful body of water. An interesting story highlights this bit of British history in the gulf. In 1934 the political agent in Bahrain received a telegram from the British consul in Basra, Iraq, informing him that he had granted an entry visa to Bahrain to a Mr.
At the same time Britain was announcing plans to withdraw from Bahrain and other gulf nations, Iran began talking again about its old claims to Bahrain. Suddenly Bahrainis were panic-stricken at the thought of losing British protection. All of the gulf states were reeling with the news of Britain’s imminent departure from the region, alarmed over national security issues in the absence of a British political and military presence. Several gulf states united to form federations for mutual protection.
Bahrain by Carol Ann Gillespie, Manufactured by Chelsea House