Inventing Iraq: The Failure of Nation-building and a History Denied

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Hurst, 2003 - Grande-Bretagne - Relations - Irak - 260 pages
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Between 1920 and 1932, Great Britain endeavored unsuccessfully to create a modern democratic state in the region that became known as Iraq. The unwieldy patchwork state it fashioned embodied the imperatives of Whitehall while running roughshod over the political sensibilities of the region's inhabitants. When Britain grew weary of holding together its fractious creation, it hastened Iraq toward independence. Democracy was quickly dispensed with by a series of coups, culminating in 1968 with the Ba'ath Party's siezure of power. Britain's failure, Dodge contends, forms the crucial historical backdrop against which the Bush administration's removal of Saddam Hussein and its aftermath must be understood.

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Review: Inventing Iraq: The Failure of Nation Building and a History Denied

User Review  - Steven Peterson - Goodreads

Dodge's book is about the British Mandate over the newly created Iraqi state. But the lessons are obvious for the American invasion and subsequent nation-building effort in Iraq. The result reminds ... Read full review

Review: Inventing Iraq: The Failure of Nation Building and a History Denied

User Review  - Lauren Adams - Goodreads

good critique of british occupation/reconstruction during turn of 20th century Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Toby Dodge is a senior research fellow at the ESRC Centre for the Study of Globalisation at the University of Warwick, England, and an associate fellow of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, London.

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