The Modern History of Iraq
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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1 THE LAND AND PEOPLE OF MODERN IRAQ
2 THE BRITISH MANDATE 19201932
3 THE EROSION OF THE BRITISH LEGACY 19321945
4 THE END OF THE MONARCHY 19461958
5 THE QASIM ERA 19581963
6 THE ARAB NATIONALISTS IN POWER 19631968
7 THE ERA OF BATH PARTY RULE 19681979
8 THE SADDAM HUSAIN REGIME 19791989
9 THE SADDAM HUSAIN REGIME 19902003
10 THE US ATTEMPT AT NATIONBUILDING IN IRAQ 20032006
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