A Modern History of the Kurds

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Bloomsbury Academic, May 14, 2004 - History - 515 pages
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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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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This wonderfully comprehensive work about the Kurdish people both entertained and instructed me in everything I needed to know, and more. I read it in 2016, and did not wish to return it to the library.
Knowledge of the populations of Kurds, and their origins and languages in this work is expansive. Extracts of historical evidence re-enforce all information provided, proving their veracity.
Tracing the histories of various Kurds, in countries neighbouring Turkey, including religious and political connections, cultural and linguistic developments, this book will fulfil your need for information about these intelligent, resourceful resilient people.
Clancette Clift

About the author (2004)

David McDowall is a specialist on Middle Eastern affairs and is the author of 'Palestine and Israel: The Uprising and Beyond (I.B.Tauris)'.

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