Adam Matthew Publishes Uk Government Foreign Office Files Exposing a Unique History of The Middle East in The 1970s

12 January 2016

Containing complete runs of Foreign Office files from the UK government's official archives, this timely online collection provides an expansive and unique view of key events across the region, and their impact on global politics and everyday life.

Foreign Office Files for the Middle East details internal and external affairs and conflicts, from invasions and civil wars to revolutions and revolts, all of which shaped and gave rise to the modern Middle East.

With documents (despatches, reports, annual reviews) written by diplomats and civil servants working in the regions’ most politically sensitive countries, researchers can explore in-depth analyses from the personnel 'on the ground' as well as understand the global reactions to events during this period.

Highlights of the collection include: personality profiles on key figures in the Middle East in the 1970s, reviews on external political relationships and analysis of economies, in addition to documents on:

• The Iran-Iraq War
• The 1973 Arab-Israeli War, Henry Kissinger’s ‘shuttle diplomacy’ and the Camp David Accords
• The uprising in Dhofar
• The Iranian Revolution and the hostage 'crisis' at the United States embassy
• The formation of the UAE after the withdrawal of British forces from the Persian Gulf
• General Grivas’ military coup in Cyprus

Editorial consultant, Michael Gasper, commented:

“Foreign Office Files for the Middle East, 1971-1981 - there is simply no other place where one can find the same breadth and depth of historical records for the region online. This is essential for anyone interested in learning about any aspect of the history of the Middle East during the 1970s.”

This new digital collection is accessible within Adam Matthew’s 'Archives Direct' portal: a suite of titles sourced from The National Archives, UK that includes 'Confidential Print: Middle East, 1839-1969' and 'Confidential Print: Africa, 1834-1966'.

Complete in three modules, part 1: 1971-1974 is available now.

Module 1, 1971-1974: The Arab-Israeli War and the Oil Crisis (available now)
• Module 2, 1975-1978: The Lebanese Civil War and the Camp David Accords (available in Fall 2016)
• Module 3, 1979-1981: The Iranian Revolution and the Iran-Iraq War (available in early 2017)

Free trial access to any Adam Matthew digital collection can be granted by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information visit oour collection pages.

A free webinar detailing the new collection will be held on January 27th – sign up here.