Basra, the Failed Gulf State: Separatism and Nationalism in Southern Iraq (Google eBook)

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Reidar Visser
LIT Verlag Münster, 2005 - Political Science - 238 pages
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Is Iraq "artificial", on the verge of disintegrating? All too often, the answers to this question ignore Iraq's own history. In fact, the literature on indigenous attempts at dismembering Iraq is surprisingly patchy, especially with regard to the oil-rich south.
This book presents, for the first time, an actual case of southern Iraqi separatism: a daring bid to turn Basra into a pro-British mercantile mini-state. The study uncovers the dynamics and limits of southern separatism, casts new light on the victory of Iraqi nationalism in the south and discusses the challenges of post-2003 regionalism in a federal Iraq.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Land of the Date
13
The Ottoman State in Basra circa 1908
18
Basra and the Young Turks
38
British Occupation
51
The 1921 Basra Separatist Project
73
Struggles over Political Space
92
Interaction with a New Capital
110
Centralisation Logics
138
Separatist Implosion Nationalist Triumph
147
After 2003 A Second Wave of Separatism?
165
Notes
177
Glossary
208
Sources
210
Index
232
Copyright

Local and Regional Contenders
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About the author (2005)

Reidar Visser is a research fellow specializing in Iraqi politics at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, Oslo. He is the author of "Basra, the Failed Gulf State: Separatism and Nationalism in Southern Iraq,"

Gareth Stansfield is reader in Middle Eastern politics at the University of Exeter and the author of several books, including "Iraq: People, History, Politics,

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