Title

Contingent imperialism: U.S. involvement in the Persian Gulf since World War II

Date of Completion

January 2001

Keywords

History, Middle Eastern|History, United States|History, Modern|Political Science, International Law and Relations

Degree

Ph.D.

Abstract

This dissertation examines U.S. foreign policy in the Persian Gulf since World War II. It posits that contingent imperialism can explain American involvement. Three variants of contingent imperialism are applied to this case study: alliance, proxy, and unilateral. The case study divides into five stages (1941–47, 1948–58, 1959–72, 1973–89, 1990–2001), each corresponding to an era in U.S. policymaking. ^