Memories of State: Politics, History, and Collective Identity in Modern Iraq

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University of California Press, Feb 28, 2005 - History - 385 pages
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“Eric Davis eschews traditional histories of Iraq that have tended to emphasize political personalities and struggles amongst them, and focuses instead on the relationships between culture and political control, civil society and state institutions, and intellectuals and policy makers. The result is an innovative and multi-layered analysis that is a pleasure to read.”—Adeed Dawish, author or Arab Nationalism in the Twentieth Century: From Triumph to Despair

"Eric Davis's book is a truly impressive tour de force of the cultural history of modern Iraq and the political struggles over the appropriation of national culture and memory. It is based not only on meticulous and detailed research, but also a thorough familiarity and sympathy with Iraqi society. Davis offers a particularly valuable cultural and intellectual history of modern Iraq, a country that has appeared in Western public discourse primarily in terms of its geo-political aspects and the bloody regime which ruled it until recent times."—Sami Zubaida, author of Law and Power in the Islamic World
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
THE FORMATION OF THE IRAQI INTELLIGENTSIA
29
NATIONALISM MEMORY AND THE DECLINE OF
55
MEMORY THE INTELLIGENTSIA AND THE ANTINOMIES
82
THE JULY 14 1958 REVOLUTION AND
109
MEMORIES OF STATE ASCENDANT 19681979
148
MEMORIES OF STATE IN DECLINE 19791990
176
MEMORIES OF STATE AND THE ARTS OF RESISTANCE
200
MEMORIES OF STATE OR MEMORIES OF THE PEOPLE?
227
1O CONCLUSION
271
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Eric Davis is Professor of Political Science and former Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University. He is author of Statecraft in the Middle East: Oil, Historical Memory, and Popular Culture (1991) and Challenging Colonialism: Bank Misr and Egyptian Industrialization, 1920-1941 (1983).

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