Red Star Over Iraq: Iraqi Communism Before Saddam [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Red Star Over Iraq: Iraqi Communism Before Saddam

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Overview

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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231800136
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 6/7/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 264
  • File size: 552 KB

Meet the Author

JOHAN FRANZEN is lecturer in Middle East Politics at the University of East Anglia. He holds a PhD in Middle East history from SOAS and has published extensively on the politics and history of the Arab world. He is the author of A Modern History of Iraq (forthcoming with Hurst).

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations

Note on Transliteration and Style

Glossary

Acknowledgements

Introduction

1. The Making of a Nation

2. The Iraqi Communist Party and the Advent of Ideological Politics

3. Communists, Kurds and Arab Nationalists in Revolutionary Iraq, 1958-1963

4. Non-capitalist Development, Arab Socialism and Armed Rebellion During the Reign of the 'Arefs, 1963-1968

5.Nationalism, Patriotism and Progressiveness in the Era of Ba'thi Consolidation of State Power, 1968-1979

Conclusion

Bibliography

Index

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