In August 1990, Saddam Hussein's Iraqi forces boldly invaded and occupied neighboring Kuwait. It was a move that shocked the world and threatened the interests of those countries, such as the USA and the nations of Europe, dependent on oil from the Middle East. The ensuing Gulf War signaled, for many, a new dawn in warfare: one based upon lethal technology, low casualties, and quick decisive victory.
Incorporating the latest scholarship, William Thomas Allison provides a concise overview of the origins, key events and legacy of the first Gulf War, as well as the major issues and debates. Allison also examines the relevance of this war to other twentieth-century conflicts and the ongoing situation in the region.
About the Author
WILLIAM THOMAS ALLISON is professor of Military History at Georgia Southern University, USA.
Table of Contents
List of Maps and Figures vi
1 Inventing the Middle East and Iraq 1
2 Republican Iraq and the Rise of Saddam Hussein 22
3 The Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait 40
4 Building DESERT SHIELD 63
5 Moving to the Offensive 78
6 INSTANT THUNDER 104
7 The Ground War 125
8 Aftermath and Legacies 145
Glossary and Acronyms 188
Select Bibliography 193
What People are Saying About This
This book is highly suitable for undergraduates seeking a tidy, impartial overview of an overlooked war. Recommended reading.' – Choice
'William Allison has written a concise, highly readable account of the 1991 Gulf War. Students of History and International Affairs will especially welcome its thorough exploration of the reasons behind the conflict and President George H.W. Bush's building of the impressive international coalition that drove the Iraqi army from Kuwait.' – Professor Spencer Tucker, Virginia Military Institute, USA