Overview

To understand Iraq, Charles Tripp's history is the book to read. Since its first appearance in 2000, it has become a classic in the field of Middle East studies, read and admired by students, soldiers, policymakers and journalists. The book is now updated to include the recent American invasion, the fall and capture of Saddam Hussein and the subsequent descent into civil strife. What is clear is that much that has happened since 2003 was foreshadowed in the account found in this book. Tripp's thesis is that the ...
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A History of Iraq

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Overview

To understand Iraq, Charles Tripp's history is the book to read. Since its first appearance in 2000, it has become a classic in the field of Middle East studies, read and admired by students, soldiers, policymakers and journalists. The book is now updated to include the recent American invasion, the fall and capture of Saddam Hussein and the subsequent descent into civil strife. What is clear is that much that has happened since 2003 was foreshadowed in the account found in this book. Tripp's thesis is that the history of Iraq throughout the twentieth-century has made it what it is today, but also provides alternative futures. Unless this is properly understood, many of the themes explored in this book - patron-client relations, organized violence, sectarian, ethnic and tribal difference - will continue to exert a hold over the future of Iraq as they did over its past.
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A political history of Iraq in which the primary historical force is seen as the relationship between the central state and the narratives used by Iraqis to justify their political engagement over time. Through the eras of British mandate, tribal monarchy, Arab nationalism, and the control of the Saddam Hussein's Ba'ath party has been a tendency for politics to be seen mainly as way of disciplining the population to conformity with the rulers' visions of social order, argues Tripp (political studies, U. of London, UK). He looks at relationships between the state and competing visions of Shi'i politics, Arab nationalism, communist parties, Kurdish separatists, and others. Relatively less attention is paid to the impacts of outside powers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781139904025
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/30/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 3
  • Sales rank: 947,395
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Charles Tripp is Professor of Politics with reference to the Middle East at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is the General Editor of the Cambridge Middle East Studies Series and author of Islam and the Moral Economy: The Challenge of Capitalism (2006) and The Power and the People: Paths of Resistance in the Middle East (2013).
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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The Ottoman provinces of Baghdad, Basra and Mosul; 2. The British Mandate; 3. The Hashemite monarchy 1932-41; 4. The Hashemite monarchy 1941-58; 5. The republic 1958-68; 6. The Ba'th and the rule of Saddam Husain 1968-2003; 7. The American occupation and the parliamentary republic; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Further reading and research.
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