The history of the modern consolidated state of Saudi Arabia is essentially then, the history of King Faisal bins Abdul Aziz. Articles appearing in construction, banking, and business trade journals by those who have had extensive commercial experience in contemporary Saudi Arabia are far more accurate and sympathetic in their appraisals. One characteristic of political development commonly used to analyse newly-created nations is set forth as a background against which the evolution of Saudi-Arabia — largely the consequence of King Faisal's influence — may be appraised. During the formative period of Saudi Arabia as a nation — when its institutions were either non-existent or embryonic - it knew the vigorous leadership of conquest and consolidation of King Faisal ibn Abdulaziz and the guidance in conjoining Islamic and Bedouin values with the requirements of modern statehood given by King Faisal.