A Modern History of the Kurds: Third Edition

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I.B.Tauris, May 14, 2004 - History - 515 pages
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The division of the Kurdish people among four modern nation states--Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Iran--and their struggle for national rights have been constant themes of recent Middle East history. The Kurdish lands have been contested territory for many centuries. In this detailed history of the Kurds from the 19th century to the present day, McDowall examines the interplay of old and new aspects of the struggle, the importance of local rivalries within Kurdish society, the enduring authority of certain forms of leadership and the failure of modern states to respond to the challenge of Kurdish nationalism. Drawing extensively on primary sources McDowall's book is useful for all who want a better understanding of the underlying dynamics of the Kurdish question.

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Gives you a sense of Kurdistan and it's relationship with Iran, Iraq, and Turkey, between which it has been trisected, but the narrative feels a bit cumbersome. Worth reading, though, in order to get ... Read full review


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McDowall, a British specialist on Middle Eastern affairs (Palestine and Israel: The Uprising and Beyond, Univ. of California, 1990) and acknowledged expert on the Kurds, has produced a comprehensive ... Read full review

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David McDowall is a specialist on Middle Eastern affairs.

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