This is the second in the series of three titles that combine to create a large collection which offers historical evidence for the creation of Saudi Arabia, illustrating the political, social and economic changes which in just over half a century transformed the desert amirate into one of the richest countries in the world.
Throughout the collection there is an overall structure of subjects covered such as the affairs of the royal family, foreign and internal affairs, economic, civil and social development, defence policy and territorial negotiations and disputes. Although the early part of the collection is organised so as to present a series of key documents which provide researchers and historians with access to original documents upon which to base their own work, in this more modern period, 1960 to 1970, almost all of the material available has been included providing a very detailed series of papers for these years. Such coverage makes it possible to follow an argument or policy development in some detail.
Several sensitive items have been retained by the FCO, and were therefore not available for inclusion.