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The Gulf States: A Modern History

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By: David Commins

Volume: 1 Issue: 1

April 2013

Review by:

Mary Ann Tétreault, PhD

Trinity University, Dept. of Political Science

San Antonio, Texas

The first image of the Gulf that flashes into the minds of non-specialists is one of conflict. From the unanticipated (by the West) assertion of sovereignty by members of OPEC to the equally unanticipated Iranian revolution, and then the bloody destruction wreaked by three Gulf wars, conflict is an important dimension of the story of this region. Even so, it is far from the only one. Absent from the mental maps of most scholars of…

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