Sovereign Creations: Pan-Arabism and Political Order in Syria and Iraq
"Mufti's detailed reconstruction of unity plans defies many conventional beliefs about modern Arab political history. In particular, he challenges the perception that a radical populist attachment to anti-Americanism, anti-Zionism, and pan-Arab ideology determined the behavior of Syrian and Iraqi leaders during the 1950s and 1960s. Instead, using Arab political memoirs, interviews with important players in Syrian and Iraqi politics, and recently declassified U.S. documents, he shows how domestic power calculations dominated the actions of Ba'thists and Nasserist elites. He demonstrates, moreover, that their interests often converged with those of the United States, making them beneficiaries of active Amercian support." --book jacket.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Legacies of the Praetorian Era
The PostUnionist State in Iraq and Syria
accord Aflaq allies American apparently Arab Aref armed army Assad attempt authority autonomy Ba'th Ba'th Party Ba'thists Baghdad base became began Bitar Britain British cabinet Cairo called central civilian Command Committee communists continued countries coup Damascus defensive domestic early economic Egypt Egyptian elites emerged establish example faction February federation finally forces foreign foreign policy further Hashemite hoped Hussein independent influence initiated institutions integration interests International Iraq Iraq's Iraqi Israel Jordan July King Kurds later leaders leadership London major March Middle East military minister months Nasser Nasserist nationalist needed officers once opposition pan-Arab Party percent period political popular position President projects Qasim Quoted regime regional relations remained result rivals role rule Saddam social struggle Syria Syria and Iraq talks took turned union unionist United unity wanted World