From Invasions and Civil Wars to Revolutions and Revolts

30 January 2017

Explore a rich period of Middle Eastern history through complete runs of British Government Foreign Office Files

Formerly classified documents on the Middle East from the British Government’s Foreign Office have been published in Foreign Office Files for the Middle East, 1971-1981 – an online teaching and research collection from award-winning publisher, Adam Matthew.

Foreign Office Files for the Middle East, 1971-1981 exposes researchers to material still relevant to foreign relations today, with some documents subject to ongoing review by the British Government. These complete runs of Foreign Office files, now digitised, provide users with an in-depth coverage of events in the Middle East throughout the 1970s.

Remarking on the digital collection and document selection, Professor Michael Gasper of Occidental College said: “Scholars will find it invaluable because it provides a unique online portal from which to view the events of these years. Short of a trip to The National Archives, UK there is simply no other place where one can find the same breadth and depth of historical records.”

Users can track the global impact of political matters including the Arab-Israeli War and the Camp David Accords; the Lebanese Civil War; and the Iranian Revolution. Alongside key events, files contain annual reviews, detailing internal affairs and external political relationships, and economic analyses, offering researchers an invaluable resource for the study of the Middle East throughout this period.

The complete collection of Foreign Office Files for the Middle East, 1971-1981 is available now and is complemented by the cross-searchable collection, Confidential Print: Middle East, 1839-1969.

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