The Gulf Conflict, 1990-1991: Diplomacy and War in the New World Order

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Overview

The Gulf Conflict provides the most authoritative and comprehensive account to date of Iraq's occupation of Kuwait, its expulsion by a coalition of Western and Arab forces seven months later, and the aftermath of the war. Blending compelling narrative history with objective analysis, Lawrence Freedman and Efraim Karsh inquire into the fundamental issues underlying the dispute and probe the strategic calculations of all the participants.

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Editorial Reviews

Newsday
Freedman and Karsh have done a heroic job of mining the immense amount of contemporary journalism on the Gulf War and assessing it with regard to the long-term historical issues and structures.
— Michael R. Beschloss
The New York Times Book Review
The marshaling of so disparate a coalition, the assembling of so large an army half a world away, and the winning of a stunning if inconclusive victory are parts of a tale that until [now] has not been told in all its complexity. What [the authors] have succeeded in doing is to bring to the story a wide-angle lens and a historian's detachment.- It is unlikely that there will be a better balanced or more comprehensive chronicle of that seminal event.
— H.D.S. Greenway
The New York Times Book Review - H.D.S. Greenway
The marshaling of so disparate a coalition, the assembling of so large an army half a world away, and the winning of a stunning if inconclusive victory are parts of a tale that until [now] has not been told in all its complexity. What [the authors] have succeeded in doing is to bring to the story a wide-angle lens and a historian's detachment.- It is unlikely that there will be a better balanced or more comprehensive chronicle of that seminal event.
Newsday - Michael R. Beschloss
Freedman and Karsh have done a heroic job of mining the immense amount of contemporary journalism on the Gulf War and assessing it with regard to the long-term historical issues and structures.
From the Publisher
"The marshaling of so disparate a coalition, the assembling of so large an army half a world away, and the winning of a stunning if inconclusive victory are parts of a tale that until [now] has not been told in all its complexity. What [the authors] have succeeded in doing is to bring to the story a wide-angle lens and a historian's detachment.- It is unlikely that there will be a better balanced or more comprehensive chronicle of that seminal event."—H.D.S. Greenway, The New York Times Book Review

"Freedman and Karsh have done a heroic job of mining the immense amount of contemporary journalism on the Gulf War and assessing it with regard to the long-term historical issues and structures."—Michael R. Beschloss, Newsday

Library Journal
This book, written by two scholars who teach in the War Studies Department at King's College in London (Karsh is coauthor of Saddam Hussein: A Political Biography , LJ 5/15/91), is one of the most comprehensive and analytical books published in the English language on the Gulf crisis of 1990-91. The authors rely on an impressive array of sources to give us a fairly objective account of the genesis and the development of the Gulf conflict. Their book goes beyond simply describing the Gulf War and offers insight into the role of military force and diplomacy in the ``New World Order.'' One weakness, however, is the failure to decribe the devastating impact of this conflict on the peoples, economies, and environment of the region. Despite this shortcoming, this book is a valuable resource on the Gulf conflict for Middle Eastern specialists as well as other informed readers.-- Nader Entessar, Spring Hill Coll., Mobile, Ala.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691037721
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 1/9/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 540
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Acknowledgements
Dramatis Personae
Maps
Introduction: The New World Order
Pt. 1 Origins of the Crisis 1
Ch. 1 New World, New Middle East? 3
Ch. 2 Saddam's Crisis 19
Ch. 3 Iraq Confronts Kuwait 42
Pt. 2 Lines in the Sand 65
Ch. 4 Response to Invasion 67
Ch. 5 Desert Shield 85
Ch. 6 Middle East Alignments 95
Ch. 7 Sharing the Burden 110
Pt. 3 Sanctions, Hostages and Diplomacy 129
Ch. 8 Saddam's Unwilling Guests 131
Ch. 9 From Embargo to Blockade 143
Ch. 10 Poor Communications 154
Ch. 11 Enter Linkage 166
Ch. 12 The Oil Weapon 180
Ch. 13 The Food Weapon 189
Pt. 4 All Necessary Means 199
Ch. 14 The Offensive Option 201
Ch. 15 The Great Debate 211
Ch. 16 Two Miles Forward, One Mile Back 228
Ch. 17 Making a Date 238
Ch. 18 Showdown in Geneva 253
Ch. 19 Deadline Diplomacy 261
Ch. 20 Saddam Prepares for War 275
Ch. 21 America Prepares for War 283
Pt. 5 War 297
Ch. 22 War by Appointment 299
Ch. 23 The Strategic Air Campaign 312
Ch. 24 Saddam's 'Israeli Card' Fails 331
Ch. 25 The Coalition Holds 342
Ch. 26 Preparing the Battlefield 362
Ch. 27 Land War or Cease-Fire? 374
Ch. 28 Land War 386
Ch. 29 The Closing Whistle 400
Ch. 30 Saddam Survives 410
Conclusions 428
Notes 443
Bibliography 486
Index 496
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