A Brief History of Iraq

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The story of Iraq is that of a people struggling to overcome the burdens of a turbulent past. From the ancient Mesopotamian civilizations to the 2003 U.S. invasion and subsequent fall of Saddam Hussein, A Brief History of Iraq takes a concise but comprehensive look at the peoples and cultures of Iraq and the regional influences that shaped the destiny of the country's many ethnicities, religions, sects, and national groups. Because of Iraq's porous frontiers, its accommodating soil and climate, and its diverse inhabitants, its history has been one of interaction, adaptation, acculturation, and modification. These factors have played a major role in the development of the modern nation and provide the context needed to understand the current conflict and efforts to build a stable society and government.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816077373
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/15/2009
  • Series: Brief History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

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1 Iraq, the First Society (Prehistory to 539 B.CE.) 1

2 From the Persian Empire to the Sassanians (539 B.CE.-651 CE.) 29

3 Iraq under the Umayyad Dynasty (651-750) 54

4 Abbasid and Post-Abbasid Iraq (750-1258) 76

5 Turkish Tribal Migrations and the Early Ottoman State (1256-1638) 99

6 Imperial Administration, Local Rule, and Ottoman Recentralization (1638-1914) 125

7 British Occupation and the Iraqi Monarchy (1914-1958) 154

8 The Growth of the Republican Regimes and the Emergence of Baathist Iraq (1958-1979) 188

9 The Rule of Saddam Hussein and the Difficult Legacy of the Mukhabarat State (1979-2003) 219

10 The War in Iraq (2003-2008) 246

Postscript 268


1 Basic Facts about Iraq 271

2 Chronology 275

3 Bibliography 289

4 Suggested Reading 295

Index 302

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