A Modern History of the Kurds

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I.B.Tauris, May 14, 2004 - History - 515 pages
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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MODERN HIST OF THE KURDS

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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
 

Contents

INTRODUCTION KURDISH IDENTITY AND SOCIAL FORMATION
1
THE KURDS IN THE AGE OF TRIBE AND EMPIRE
19
KURDISTAN BEFORE THE NINETEENTH CENTURY
21
OTTOMAN KURDISTAN 18001850
38
OTTOMAN KURDISTAN 18501914
49
THE QAJARS AND THE KURDS
66
REVOLUTION NATIONALISM AND WAR 19081918
87
INCORPORATING THE KURDS
113
THE BIRTH OF A NATIONALIST MOVEMENT UNDER HASHIMITE RULE
287
THE KURDS IN REVOLUTIONARY IRAQ
302
THE KURDS UNDER THE BAATH 19681975
323
THE ROAD TO GENOCIDE 19751988
343
UPRISING AND SELFRULE
368
ETHNONATIONALISM IN TURKEY
395
THE KURDISH NATIONAL REVIVAL IN TURKEY 19461979
397
THE PKK AND THE MASS MOVEMENT
420

REDRAWING THE MAP THE PARTITION OF OTTOMAN KURDISTAN
115
THE KURDS BRITAIN AND IRAQ
151
INCORPORATING TURKEYS KURDS
184
THE KURDS UNDER REZA SHAH
214
ETHNONATIONALISM IN IRAN
229
TRIBE OR ETHNICITY? THE MAHABAD REPUBLIC
231
IRAN CREATING A NATIONAL MOVEMENT
249
SUBJECTS OF THE SHII REPUBLIC
261
ETHNONATIONALISM IN IRAQ
285
THE KURDS IN EXILE BUILDING THE NATION
455
AFTERWORD
462
THE TREATY OF SÈVRES
464
THE KURDS OF SYRIA
466
THE KURDS IN LEBANON
485
THE KURDS OF THE CAUCASUS
490
INDEX
495
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David McDowall is a specialist on Middle Eastern affairs.

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