Iraq: A Political History from Independence to Occupation

Iraq: A Political History from Independence to Occupation

by Adeed Dawisha
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691139571

ISBN-13: 9780691139579

Pub. Date: 02/17/2009

Publisher: Princeton University Press

With each day that passed after the 2003 invasion, the United States seemed to sink deeper in the treacherous quicksand of Iraq's social discord, floundering in the face of deep ethno-sectarian divisions that have impeded the creation of a viable state and the molding of a unified Iraqi identity. Yet as Adeed Dawisha shows in this superb political history, the

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With each day that passed after the 2003 invasion, the United States seemed to sink deeper in the treacherous quicksand of Iraq's social discord, floundering in the face of deep ethno-sectarian divisions that have impeded the creation of a viable state and the molding of a unified Iraqi identity. Yet as Adeed Dawisha shows in this superb political history, the story of a fragile and socially fractured Iraq did not begin with the invasion--it is as old as Iraq itself.

Dawisha traces the history of the Iraqi state from its inception in 1921 following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and up to the present day. He demonstrates how from the very beginning Iraq's ruling elites sought to unify this ethnically diverse and politically explosive society by developing state governance, fostering democratic institutions, and forging a national identity. Dawisha, who was born and raised in Iraq, gives rare insight into this culturally rich but chronically divided nation, drawing on a wealth of Arabic and Western sources to describe the fortunes and calamities of a state that was assembled by the British in the wake of World War I and which today faces what may be the most serious threat to survival that it has ever known.

Iraq is required reading for anyone seeking to make sense of what's going on in Iraq today, and why it has been so difficult to create a viable government there.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691139579
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
02/17/2009
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments ix

CHAPTER ONE: Introduction 1

CHAPTER TWO: Consolidating the Monarchical State, 1921-1936 8

CHAPTER THREE: Framing Democracy with a Certain Indifference, 1921-1936 40

CHAPTER FOUR: The Uncertain Nation, 1921-1936 67

CHAPTER FIVE: Turbulence in Governance, 1936-1958 92

CHAPTER SIX: Potholes in the Democratic Road, 1936-1958 120

CHAPTER SEVEN: Nationalism and the Ethnosectarian Divide, 1936-1958 136

CHAPTER EIGHT: The Monarchy's Political System, 1921-1958 148

CHAPTER NINE: The Authoritarian Republic, 1958-1968 171

CHAPTER TEN: The State Rules without Rules, 1968-2003 209

CHAPTER ELEVEN: Politics in the New Era, 2003- 242

CHAPTER TWELVE: W(h)ither Iraq? 275

Notes 291

Bibliography 343

Index 359

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