Few states in the modern world have had a less promising birth than Jordan. When in 1921 the Hashemite Emir Abdallah was recognized as the ruler of this romantic backwater of the former Ottoman Empire, it was sparsely populated, extremely poor, and widely regarded as ungovernable. Today against all the odds, Jordan has become one of the most prosperous and stable of Middle Eastern countries and a major player in the region's politics. In this political history, Kamal Salibi attempts to explain how this transformation was achieved. The book traces the story of modern Jordan from its origins in the Arab revolt at the end of World War I and the political success of the astute and colourful founder of its ruling dynasty. It includes a detailed examination of the far-reaching implications for Jordan of the Palestinian tragedy and a constantly tense relationship with neighbouring Israel and it shows how King Hussein, the longest surviving ruler in the contemporary Middle East, has guided the country through these difficult times to introduce democracy in 1988.
Written by a former deputy prime minister of Jordan and one-time general in the Arab Legion, this book examines the history of this country between the years 1939 and 1947, a vital period in the development of the Amirate of Transjordan. Setting the scene with discussions of the political, economic and social conditions and the country's relation s with neighbouring states, Maan Abu Nowar focuses primarily on the impact of the Second World War and recounts those Anglo-Jordanian relations which led to the termination of the British mandate in 1946 and the founding of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.