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Entangled GeographiesEmpire and Technopolitics in the Global Cold War$
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Gabrielle Hecht

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262515788

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262515788.001.0001

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Crude Ecology: Technology and the Politics of Dissent in Saudi Arabia

Crude Ecology: Technology and the Politics of Dissent in Saudi Arabia

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(p.209) 9 Crude Ecology: Technology and the Politics of Dissent in Saudi Arabia
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Entangled Geographies
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Toby C. Jones

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262515788.003.0009

This chapter scrutinizes the relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia centering around those two invaluable resources of the desert kingdom: Oil and water. This is done in the backdrop of the Shi’i uprising of 1979 against the Saudi Arabian authority for allowing the US—a strong Saudi ally since World War II—to deplete the local natural resources of Al-Hasa and devastating local communities. The chapter also illustrates how the Cold War precipitated profound political, social, and environmental changed that “took place beneath the surface of state-to-state relations.”

Keywords:   United States, Saudi Arabia, oil, water, Shi’i uprising, 1979

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