Red Star Over Iraq: Iraqi Communism Before Saddam

Red Star Over Iraq: Iraqi Communism Before Saddam

by Johan Franzen
     
 

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Recent outbursts of sectarian and ethnic violence have thrown a unified Iraq into doubt. Many skeptics believe Iraqi politics are a farce, and view Iraq’s political parties as protectors of ethnosectarian interests that threaten to resurrect prewar suppression and violence.

According to this view, Iraq’s colonial past is the cause of the… See more details below

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Recent outbursts of sectarian and ethnic violence have thrown a unified Iraq into doubt. Many skeptics believe Iraqi politics are a farce, and view Iraq’s political parties as protectors of ethnosectarian interests that threaten to resurrect prewar suppression and violence.

According to this view, Iraq’s colonial past is the cause of the country’s current tensions. Yet in the eyes of Johan Franzén, Saddam Hussein’s rule was the ultimate destabilizing force. Combined with the deprivations of international sanctions, Hussein’s infamous dictatorship was the primary factor shaping Iraq’s present realities. Before Hussein’s ascent to power, Iraq was filled with diverse political parties supporting a variety of ideological platforms. The largest and arguably most important of these groups was the Iraqi Communist Party. Red Star Over Iraq follows the life of the ICP from its inception to its demise at the hands of Hussein. A critical text for historians and policymakers, this volume utterly recasts the arguments for Iraq’s continuing instability.

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"One of the great virtues of Franzén's study lies in its interweaving of the story of the Iraqi Communist Party with the story of Iraq itself. He succeeds in bringing out, through exemplary and detailed research, the ways in which the party's sometimes turbulent inner political debates and struggles did not prevent it from appealing to a wide spectrum of Iraqi society. In doing so, he reminds us of the courage and imagination of the thousands of Iraqis who believed that the ICP held out a better prospect for the country than strident nationalism on one hand, or sectarian division on the other." —Charles Tripp, A History of Iraq

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231800136
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
06/07/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
264
File size:
1 MB

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