South Yemen was long a key spot in the strategic geography of the West. Before the Second World War, it was important for the British as an outpost on the way to India. From the mid-1940s it was a crucial gateway to the oil rich Arabian Peninsular and a vital area in the context of superpower rivalry. This book, first published in 1984, traces the development of nationalist sentiment in South Yemen and the emergence of the two main groups in the struggle for independence: the NLF and FLOSY. Analysing both the impact of these groups on Yemeni society and demonstrating how they struggled with each other for supremacy, the book provides an perceptive account of how the revolutionary process in an Arab country unfolded.

chapter |18 pages


part One|32 pages

Early Nationalist Movements: Crisis and Political Activity After the Second World War

chapter Chapter 1|17 pages

The Making of Conflicts

chapter Chapter 2|13 pages

Initial Political Organisations

part Two|37 pages

The Early Stages of the NLF, 1963 – 1965

chapter Chapter 1|9 pages

Origins and Early Organisation

chapter Chapter 3|10 pages

The Fighting: Tactics, Organisation and Achievements

chapter Chapter 4|7 pages

Political Standpoint and Achievements

part Three|18 pages

South Yemeni Society and the Struggle: The Socio-Political Divisions

chapter Chapter 1|5 pages

Federal Leaders Split

part Four|34 pages

The Rise and Fall of the Flosy

part Five|35 pages

The Period of Decision

chapter Chapter 1|9 pages

The Federal Government Towards Collapse

chapter Chapter 2|14 pages

Dividing the Spoils: The Struggle for Power

chapter |3 pages