The boundaries of the Arabian peninsula are notable for the sensitivities and disagreements which have accompanied their relatively short history. As the twentieth century progressed, the partition of resources, initially pastures and water wells, subsequently oil and gas, was particularly crucial, but the boundary makers, chiefly the diplomats of the imperial powers, were inconsistent in paying attention to the human and physical characteristics of the terrain when negotiating or imposing many limits. Consequently boundary studies in this area have been and remain a fruitful topic for geographers and anthropologists as well as a necessary preoccupation for strategists and politicians. The records of the various British government departments represented here provide by far the most extensive and complete survey of the evolution of territorial affairs in Arabia and the Gulf. They will certainly form the core of any future legal debate focusing upon the historical aspects of any one of the region's boundaries on land or sea.
Volume 1: General Issues of Political Control and Sovereignty I, 1866-1914; Volume 2: General Issues of Political Control and Sovereignty II, 1914-1930; Ottoman Claims to Sovereignty in the Arabian Peninsula, 1879-1920; Saudi Arabia: Internal Boundaries, 1920-1935; Volume 3: Aden Protectorate-Imamate of Yemen I, 1901-1928; Volume 4: Aden Protectorate-Imamate of Yemen II, 1931-1957; Saudi Arabia-Imamate of Yemen, 1934; Volume 5: Saudi Arabia-Transjordan I, 1924-1932; Volume 6: Saudi Arabia-Transjordan II, 1932-1940; Volume 7: Kuwait-Iraq I, 1899-1940; Volume 8: Kuwait-Iraq II, 1941-1957; Volume 9: Saudi Arabia-Kuwait, 1919-1957; Saudi Arabia-Iraq, 1922-1925; Volume 10: Saudi Arabia-Bahrain, 1938-1957; Bahrain-Qatar, 1937-1954; Volume 11: Persian claims to Bahrain I, 1862-1928; Volume 12: Persian claims to Bahrain II, 1929-1957; Volume 13: Issues of Island Sovereignty: the Gulf, 1856-1957; Issues of Island Sovereignty: the Red Sea and Indian Ocean, 1854-1957; Volume 14: Trucial Coast: Internal Boundaries, 1902-1957; Volume 15: Saudi Arabia-Trucial Coast I, 1934-1935; Volume 16: Saudi Arabia-Trucial Coast II, 1935-1949; Volume 17: Saudi Arabia-Trucial Coast III, 1949-1957; Volume 18: Saudi Arabia-Sultanate of Muscat and Oman, 1934-1957; Volume 19: Sultanate of Muscat and Oman-Trucial Coast, 1901-1956; Trucial Coast-Qatar, 1928-1954; Saudi Arabia-Qatar, 1934-1955; Volume 20: Buraimi, 1954-1956; Volume 21: Territorial Waters and Seabed Claims in the Gulf, 1934-1955; Volume 22: International Relations and Issues of Sovereignty in the Post-war Era, 1951-1957; Sultanate of Muscat and Oman-Aden Protectorate, 1946-1956; Saudi Arabia-Aden Protectorate, 1955-1956; Volumes 23-25: Map boxes; Volumes 26-29: Continuation volumes for 1958; 1959; Volume 30: 1960.