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January 30, 2017

Explore a rich period of Middle Eastern history through complete runs of British Government Foreign Office Files

Marlborough, UK. Formerly classified documents on the Middle East from the British Government’s Foreign Office have been published in Foreign Office Files for the Middle East, 1971-1981 – an online teaching and research collection from award-winning publisher, Adam Matthew.

Foreign Office Files for the Middle East, 1971-1981 exposes researchers to material still relevant to foreign relations today, with some documents subject to ongoing review by the British Government. These complete runs of Foreign Office files, now digitised, provide users with an in-depth coverage of events in the Middle East throughout the 1970s.

Remarking on the digital collection and document selection, Professor Michael Gasper of Occidental College said: “Scholars will find it invaluable because it provides a unique online portal from which to view the events of these years. Short of a trip to The National Archives, UK there is simply no other place where one can find the same breadth and depth of historical records.”

Users can track the global impact of political matters including the Arab-Israeli War and the Camp David Accords; the Lebanese Civil War; and the Iranian Revolution. Alongside key events, files contain annual reviews, detailing internal affairs and external political relationships, and economic analyses, offering researchers an invaluable resource for the study of the Middle East throughout this period.

The complete collection of Foreign Office Files for the Middle East, 1971-1981 is available now and is complemented by the cross-searchable collection, Confidential Print: Middle East, 1839-1969.

Join Adam Matthew to explore both collections on February 22nd in a free webinar by registering here. Trials are available on request via


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Webinar: Teaching Middle East Studies
22nd February, 2017. Using recently digitised British Government Foreign Office files, our product specialist will explore the tumultuous events that occurred in the Middle East between 1971-1981. From invasions to civil wars, revolutions to revolts, we will uncover this rich period of Middle Eastern history with the help of formerly classified documents from The National Archives, UK.

Confidential Print: Middle East, 1839-1969
From the Egyptian reforms of Muhammad Ali Pasha in the nineteenth century, the Middle East Conference of 1921, the Mandates for Palestine and Mesopotamia and the Suez Crisis in 1956, to the partition of Palestine, post-Suez Western foreign policy and the Arab-Israeli conflict, Confidential Print: Middle East is a fundamental resource for academics, students and researchers studying the modern Middle East. These historical documents inform the volatile situation in the region today.

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