The Modern History of Iraq

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Westview Press, 2004 - History - 392 pages
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Written for lay readers and students of the Middle East, The Modern History of Iraq, places in historical perspective the multiple crises and upheavals that afflict contemporary Iraq. The book focuses on several important themes: the search for national identity in a multi-ethnic, multi-religious state; the struggle to achieve economic development and modernity in a traditional society; and the political dynamics that have led to the current dire situation in Iraq. While much remains opaque about contemporary Iraq because of its closed political system, Marr has used published sources in Arabic and English, personal interviews, and frequent visits to Iraq to produce a remarkably lucid and readable account of the emergence of contemporary Iraq and the forces that have shaped it.

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Dr. Phebe Marrhas published or contributed to several books on the Middle East, such as The Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa, Fourth Edition, edited by David Long and Bernard Reich (Westview Press 2002). She has also sat on the editorial board for the Middle East Journal . She was a Senior Fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University (1985-1997) and continued her detailed work under the Woodrow Wilson Center Fellowship and as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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