Maintenance of Power: Political and Social Fabric
The often violent and disruptive process by which one ruler succeeded another in the Trucial shaykhdoms had a considerable impact on the fragile economy and power structure of the entire region. The ruler of a shaykhdom operated in an environment where tribal loyalties, political and economic considerations were deeply entangled. In this chapter, a number of major events will be reviewed in order to illustrate the complexity of the ruler’s task and the precariousness of his position.
KeywordsSocial Fabric British Authority Local Affair British Policy Extradition Treaty
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