The Modern History of Iraq

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Avalon Publishing, Sep 6, 2011 - History - 480 pages
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The Modern History of Iraq places in historical perspective the crises and upheavals that continue to afflict the country. The book focuses on several important themes: the search for national identity in a multiethnic, multireligious state; the struggle to achieve economic development and modernity in a traditional society; and the political dynamics that have led to the current situation. Phebe Marr draws on published sources in Arabic and English, personal interviews, and frequent visits to the country to produce a remarkably lucid account of the emergence of contemporary Iraq.

This edition features three new chapters that bring readers up to date on events since the U.S. invasion and give a clear picture of the political, social, economic, and ideological consequences of the recent upheaval. Marr provides an insightful overview of the current political scene—Iraq's new political elites; emerging figures, parties, constituencies, and support; and foreign influences. In the final chapter, Marr offers a uniquely penetrating analysis of Iraq's current social and economic affairs, including the decline of the middle class, refugee displacement, the economics of oil, the status of women and ethnic groups, and the rise of sectarianism.
 

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Contents

1 THE LAND AND PEOPLE OF MODERN IRAQ
3
2 THE BRITISH MANDATE 19201932
21
3 THE EROSION OF THE BRITISH LEGACY 19321945
37
4 THE END OF THE MONARCHY 19461958
61
5 THE QASIM ERA 19581963
81
6 THE ARAB NATIONALISTS IN POWER 19631968
113
7 THE ERA OF BATH PARTY RULE 19681979
137
8 THE SADDAM HUSAIN REGIME 19791989
175
11 THE STABILIZATION OF IRAQ 20072011
305
12 ECONOMIC SOCIAL AND CULTURAL CHANGE IN IRAQ 20072011
355
APPENDIX
381
NOTES
387
GLOSSARY
429
POLITICAL PERSONALITIES
437
BIBLIOGRAPHY
445
INDEX
465

9 THE SADDAM HUSAIN REGIME 19902003
213
10 THE US ATTEMPT AT NATIONBUILDING IN IRAQ 20032006
257

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Phebe Marr is a noted scholar and historian of the Middle East and a leading consultant and lecturer on Iraqi politics. She currently serves on the editorial board of the Middle East Journal and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Middle East Institute. Dr. Marr is also a member of the board of the Middle East Policy Council and of the Hollings Center, an international center for Middle Eastern–Western dialog. A former senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, she has published numerous scholarly articles, chapters, and reports and has taught Middle East history at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and California State University, Stanislaus.

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