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Simon Smith

Professor of International History/ Exams Officer


Imperialism after empire? Britain and Qatar in the aftermath of the withdrawal from East of Suez (2022)
Journal Article
Smith, S. C. (2022). Imperialism after empire? Britain and Qatar in the aftermath of the withdrawal from East of Suez. Middle Eastern Studies, https://doi.org/10.1080/00263206.2022.2032674

The existing historiography on relations between Britain and the states of Lower Gulf after British withdrawal from ‘East of Suez’ in 1971 suggests that the former imperial power successfully established an informal role in the 1970s and beyond which... Read More about Imperialism after empire? Britain and Qatar in the aftermath of the withdrawal from East of Suez.

Failure and success in state formation : British policy towards the Federation of South Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (2016)
Journal Article
Smith, S. C. (2017). Failure and success in state formation : British policy towards the Federation of South Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Middle Eastern Studies, 53(1), 84-97. https://doi.org/10.1080/00263206.2016.1196667

Despite the apparent similarities in Britain's relationship with the Sheikhdoms of the Lower Gulf and the traditional states of southern Arabia, British policy-makers pursued contrasting policies towards the two sets of territories in the era of deco... Read More about Failure and success in state formation : British policy towards the Federation of South Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Britain’s decision to withdraw from the Persian Gulf: a pattern not a puzzle (2015)
Journal Article
Smith, S. C. (2016). Britain’s decision to withdraw from the Persian Gulf: a pattern not a puzzle. Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 44(2), 328-351. https://doi.org/10.1080/03086534.2015.1123541

The reasons for the British decision to withdraw from the Gulf are highly contentious. While some scholars have focused on short-term considerations, especially the devaluation of sterling towards the end of 1967, in the British determination to quit... Read More about Britain’s decision to withdraw from the Persian Gulf: a pattern not a puzzle.

The Anglo-American 'special relationship' and the Middle East, 1945-1973 (2014)
Journal Article
Smith, S. C. (2014). The Anglo-American 'special relationship' and the Middle East, 1945-1973. Asian Affairs, 45(3), 425-448. https://doi.org/10.1080/03068374.2014.951567

It is widely recognised that the Anglo-American ‘special relationship’ fluctuated following the Second World War. A “Persistent rivalry” was especially evident in policy towards the Middle East and its oil. Immediately after the war, the American att... Read More about The Anglo-American 'special relationship' and the Middle East, 1945-1973.

Centurions and Chieftains : tank sales and British policy towards Israel in the aftermath of the Six Day War (2014)
Journal Article
Smith, S. C. (2014). Centurions and Chieftains : tank sales and British policy towards Israel in the aftermath of the Six Day War. Contemporary British History, 28(2), 219-239. https://doi.org/10.1080/13619462.2014.930348

Britain's attempt to distance itself from Israel as London sought to conciliate the Arab world in the aftermath of the Six-Day War has entered the historiography of Anglo-Israeli relations. A neglected aspect of the development of British policy towa... Read More about Centurions and Chieftains : tank sales and British policy towards Israel in the aftermath of the Six Day War.

Priests and politicians: Archbishop Michael Gonzi, Dom Mintoff, and the end of empire in Malta (2014)
Journal Article
Smith, S. C. (2014). Priests and politicians: Archbishop Michael Gonzi, Dom Mintoff, and the end of empire in Malta. Journal of Mediterranean studies, 23(1), 113-124

The political contest in Malta at the end of empire involved not merely the British colonial authorities and emerging nationalists, but also the powerful Catholic Church. Under Archbishop Gonzi’s leadership, the Church took an overtly political stanc... Read More about Priests and politicians: Archbishop Michael Gonzi, Dom Mintoff, and the end of empire in Malta.

'America in Britain's place?': Anglo-American relations and the Middle East in the aftermath of the Suez crisis (2012)
Journal Article
Smith, S. C. (2012). 'America in Britain's place?': Anglo-American relations and the Middle East in the aftermath of the Suez crisis. Journal of Transatlantic Studies, 10(3), 252-270. https://doi.org/10.1080/14794012.2012.698566

Much historical scholarship has depicted Suez as a watershed not merely in British imperial history, but also in Anglo-American relations, marking a decisive shift away from empire and the assumption of British burdens in the Middle East by the USA.... Read More about 'America in Britain's place?': Anglo-American relations and the Middle East in the aftermath of the Suez crisis.

Ending Empire in the Middle East: Britain, the United States and Post-war decolonization, 1945-1973 (2012)
Book
Smith, S. C. (2012). Ending Empire in the Middle East: Britain, the United States and Post-war decolonization, 1945-1973. London: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203143728

This book is a major and wide-ranging re-assessment of Anglo-American relations in the Middle Eastern context. It analyses the process of ending of empire in the Middle East from 1945 to the Yom Kippur War of 1973. Based on original research into bot... Read More about Ending Empire in the Middle East: Britain, the United States and Post-war decolonization, 1945-1973.