Iraq in Wartime: Soldiering, Martyrdom, and Remembrance

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 8, 2013 - History - 281 pages
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When U.S.-led forces invaded Iraq in 2003, they occupied a country that had been at war for twenty-three years. Yet in their attempts to understand Iraqi society and history, few policy makers, analysts, and journalists took into account the profound impact that Iraq's long engagement with war had on the Iraqis' everyday engagement with politics, with the business of managing their daily lives, and on their cultural imagination. Starting with the Iran-Iraq War, through the First Gulf War and sanctions, Dina Rizk Khoury traces the political, social, and cultural processes of the normalization of war in Iraq during the last twenty-three years of Ba'thist rule. Drawing on government documents and interviews, Khoury argues that war was a form of everyday bureaucratic governance and examines the Iraqi government's policies of creating consent, managing resistance and religious diversity, and shaping public culture. Khoury focuses on the men and families of those who fought and died during the Iran-Iraq and First Gulf wars. Coming on the tenth anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, this book tells a multilayered story of a society in which war has become the norm.
 

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Contents

Iraqs Wars under the Bath
20
Making War Routine
48
War and Insurgency
82
Things Fall Apart
123
Wars Citizens Wars Families
161
Memory for the Future
181
Commemorating the Dead
219
Postscript
245
Distribution in Percentage of Bath Party Members
255
Sources and Bibliography
261
Index
271
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Dina Rizk Khoury is Associate Professor of History and International Affairs at George Washington University. Since 2005, she has been writing on the contemporary history of Iraq, particularly on violence, sectarian politics, and war and memory. She is the author of State and Provincial Society in the Ottoman Empire (Cambridge University Press, 1997).

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