Inventing Iraq: The Failure of Nation Building and a History Denied / Edition 1

Inventing Iraq: The Failure of Nation Building and a History Denied / Edition 1

by Toby Dodge
ISBN-10:
0231131674
ISBN-13:
9780231131674
Pub. Date:
09/07/2005
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
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Overview

Inventing Iraq: The Failure of Nation Building and a History Denied / Edition 1

Offering a penetrating history of the formation of modern Iraq, Dodge uncovers numerous troubling parallels between the policies of a declining British empire and those of the current American government, which together form a timely and trenchant cautionary tale.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231131674
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 09/07/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 772,204
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface. Iraq and the Ordering of the Postcolonial World
Understanding the Mandate in Iraq
The Mandate System, the End of Imperialism, and the Birth of the Iraqi State
Corruption, Fragmentation, and Despotism: British Visions of Ottoman Iraq
Rural and Urban: The Divided Social Imagination of Late Colonialism
Using the Shaikhs: The Rational Imposition of a Romantic Figure
The Social Meaning of Land: State, Shaikh, and Peasant
The Imposition of Order: Social Perception and the "Despotic" Power of Airplanes

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