Before Oil—Political and Economic Conditions in the Persian Gulf



To set the stage for how the discovery of oil, its production, and its sales have affected the countries of the Persian Gulf, it may be helpful to begin with a simple collage of how these countries appeared at the beginning of the twentieth century and in the period before oil revenues started to flow. What were the states of institutions, political structure, foreign involvement and societal edifice, and economic conditions in the countries of the Persian Gulf? Were they like peasant economies the world over and was there outside meddling in their affairs as in other former colonies?


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