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Origins of the Gulf Wars
     

Origins of the Gulf Wars

by Morris M. Mottale
 

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The last quarter of the 20th Century saw political and military upheavals in the Persian Gulf area which included, among other things, an epochal revolution in Iran, a very long and bloody war between Iran and Iraq, a second war between Iraq and an American-led United Nations coalition, following the invasion and annexation of Kuwait by the Iraqi army, and

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The last quarter of the 20th Century saw political and military upheavals in the Persian Gulf area which included, among other things, an epochal revolution in Iran, a very long and bloody war between Iran and Iraq, a second war between Iraq and an American-led United Nations coalition, following the invasion and annexation of Kuwait by the Iraqi army, and continuing low level warfare between the British and American forces and Iraq well into the beginning of the century. The Middle East was and is to this date the theater for several, often overlapping conflicts. In this book, Morris Mottale examines the various conflicts that have plagued the region.

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An overview of the military and geostrategic history of the Persian Gulf states that focuses on the military backgrounds of the Iran-Iraq war and, to a lesser extent, the American-Iraq war. Introductory chapters briefly discuss the role of nationalism, Islam, oil, the politics of the Cold War, and the artificial (imposed by Europeans) borders of the region in fueling conflict. The recent histories and military policies of Iran, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia are then outlined. The five factors considered most significant in causing the wars are found to be an ideological background that justified militarization as a function of leadership, a surge of oil revenue capital fueling militarization, the willingness of the United States and the Soviet Union to supply weapons, continuing simmering conflicts involving the Israelis and the Kurds, and the use of militarization to control societal forces and counter elites that challenged the political system. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761821298
Publisher:
UPA
Publication date:
01/01/2002
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.46(w) x 8.38(h) x 0.69(d)

Meet the Author

Morris M. Mottale is Senior Associate Professor of International Relations and Comparative Politics at Franklin College, Switzerland.

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