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The Cohesion of Saudi Arabia
The Cohesion of Saudi Arabia
By Christine Moss Helms
Johns Hopkins, 1981, 313 pp.

Where past accounts of the making of Saudi Arabia, by Philby and others, stressed the heroic deeds of Ibn Saud, this solid study of the first three decades of this century carefully examines the character of central Arabian society and the internal and external factors which made possible the emergence of the new nation-state. Research in British and Arabic sources throws new light on Ibn Saud's relations with neighbors and especially on the complicated negotiations establishing Saudi Arabia's frontiers.