Iraq (National Geographic Countries of the World Series)

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All American students need to know about the land known historically as Mesopotamia, or the "Cradle of Civilization."

Mesopotamia's Sumerian, Babylonian, and Assyrian civilizations produced much of the world's earliest writing, science, mathematics, legal systems and philosophy. The Republic of Iraq was established in 1919 and granted independence in 1932. Iraq's complex history took a new turn with the US-led invasion in 2003. The country's ...

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Overview

All American students need to know about the land known historically as Mesopotamia, or the "Cradle of Civilization."

Mesopotamia's Sumerian, Babylonian, and Assyrian civilizations produced much of the world's earliest writing, science, mathematics, legal systems and philosophy. The Republic of Iraq was established in 1919 and granted independence in 1932. Iraq's complex history took a new turn with the US-led invasion in 2003. The country's oil provides about 95% of its foreign exchange earnings.

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This look at Iraq covers everything from history to current culture. Samuel looks at Iraqi customs and culture and their struggle to continue even amidst such political uncertainty. Readers will learn how Iraq came to be a country and how the landscape created such a paradise between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers--the buffers of the harsh desert. Also, readers learn about the more mountainous regions and how their environment and cultures differ--creating both cultural diversity and sometimes political tension. The latest governmental changes (post U.S. invasion) are also explained in such a way that readers who might be still learning about their own government can still understand the complex problems and set-up of the Iraqi government. The signature National Geographic photographs highlight the book. Brilliant, clear, and interesting, each photo vies for attention from readers while complementing the text. This great resource will help those studying a variety of subjects--from Iraq the country to politics in the Middle East. Maps, index, glossary, and bibliography accompany the text. Reviewer: Joella Peterson
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