These volumes comprise the complete 45-year sequence, from when reports began for Saudi Arabia in 1919 up to the latest available releases for 1965, of periodical political reports and intelligence summaries prepared by British political officers in Saudi Arabia and sent back to London.
The Diaries provide an on-the-spot account of local events in the detailed and disciplined format demanded by the British Foreign Office, and cover political events in Saudi Arabia, diplomatic analysis and interpretation, foreign relations, home affairs, civil administration and development, tribal affairs, economic affairs and local personalities. The value of the Diaries lies also in their frequency and their detail, creating a cumulative, consistent and reliable historical record.
This publication creates, for the benefit of scholars, an orderly series of political reports for Saudi Arabia in a single 6-volume set, where previously the various reports lay scattered and unknown in numerous official files and no integrated collection was available.
Note: this work absorbs and adds to a title previously published by Archive Editions The Jedda Diaries 1919-1940. The two new volumes (5 and 6) bring the Diaries up to date by including previously unreleased documents and those which have recently become available under the 30-year rule.