The Resource Making the desert modern : Americans, Arabs, and oil on the Saudi frontier, 1933-1973, Chad H. Parker

Making the desert modern : Americans, Arabs, and oil on the Saudi frontier, 1933-1973, Chad H. Parker

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Making the desert modern : Americans, Arabs, and oil on the Saudi frontier, 1933-1973
Title
Making the desert modern
Title remainder
Americans, Arabs, and oil on the Saudi frontier, 1933-1973
Statement of responsibility
Chad H. Parker
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In 1933 American oilmen representing what later became the Arabian American Oil Company (Aramco) signed a concession agreement with the Saudi Arabian king granting the company sole proprietorship over the oil reserves in the country's largest province. As drilling commenced and wells proliferated, Aramco soon became a major presence in the region. In this book Chad H. Parker tells Aramco's story, showing how an American company seeking resources and profits not only contributed to Saudi "nation building" but helped define U.S. foreign policy during the early Cold War. In the years following World War II, as Aramco expanded its role in Saudi Arabia, the idea of "modernization" emerged as a central component of American foreign policy toward newly independent states. Although the company engaged in practices supportive of U.S. goals, its own modernizing efforts tended to be pragmatic rather than policy-driven, more consistent with furthering its business interests than with validating abstract theories. Aramco built the infrastructure necessary to extract oil and also carved an American suburb out of the Arabian desert, with all the air-conditioned comforts of Western modern life. At the same time, executives cultivated powerful relationships with Saudi government officials and, to the annoyance of U.S. officials, even served the monarchy in diplomatic disputes. Before long the company became the principal American diplomatic, political, and cultural agent in the country, a role it would continue to play until 1973, when the Saudi government took over its operation
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DLC
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1973-
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Parker, Chad H.
Index
index present
LC call number
HD9576.S35
LC item number
A763 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Culture, politics, and the Cold War
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Arabian American Oil Company
  • Petroleum industry and trade
  • Economic development
  • Saudi Arabia
  • United States
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Arabian American Oil Company
  • Diplomatic relations
  • Economic development
  • Economic history
  • Petroleum industry and trade
  • Social conditions
  • Saudi Arabia
  • United States
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Making the desert modern : Americans, Arabs, and oil on the Saudi frontier, 1933-1973, Chad H. Parker
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 129-156) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Aramco's world -- Constructing balance -- Curing antiquity -- Man-made disease -- Aramco's Eden
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
viii, 161 pages
Isbn
9781625341563
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014050135
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Stock number
99965580580
System control number
  • (OCoLC)898221724
  • (OCoLC)ocn898221724
Label
Making the desert modern : Americans, Arabs, and oil on the Saudi frontier, 1933-1973, Chad H. Parker
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 129-156) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Aramco's world -- Constructing balance -- Curing antiquity -- Man-made disease -- Aramco's Eden
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
viii, 161 pages
Isbn
9781625341563
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014050135
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Stock number
99965580580
System control number
  • (OCoLC)898221724
  • (OCoLC)ocn898221724

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