Republic of Fear The Politics of Modern Iraq

ISBN-10: 0520214390
ISBN-13: 9780520214392
Edition: 2nd 1998 (Revised)
Authors: Kanan Makiya
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Description: First published in 1989, just before the Gulf War broke out, Republic of Fear was the only book that explained the motives of the Saddam Hussein regime in invading and annexing Kuwait. This edition, updated in 1998, has a substantial introduction  More...

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List price: $31.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 6/15/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

First published in 1989, just before the Gulf War broke out, Republic of Fear was the only book that explained the motives of the Saddam Hussein regime in invading and annexing Kuwait. This edition, updated in 1998, has a substantial introduction focusing on the changes in Hussein's regime since the Gulf War. In 1968 a coup d'eacute;tat brought into power an extraordinary regime in Iraq, one that stood apart from other regimes in the Middle East. Between 1968 and 1980, this new regime, headed by the Arab Ba'th Socialist party, used ruthless repression and relentless organization to transform the way Iraqis think and react to political questions. In just twelve years, a party of a few thousand people grew to include nearly ten percent of the Iraqi population. This book describes the experience of Ba'thism from 1968 to 1980 and analyzes the kind of political authority it engendered, culminating in the personality cult around Saddam Hussein. Fear, the author argues, is at the heart of Ba'thi politics and has become the cement for a genuine authority, however bizarre. Examining Iraqi history in a search for clues to understanding contemporary political affairs, the author illustrates how the quality of Ba'thi pan-Arabism as an ideology, the centrality of the first experience of pan-Arabism in Iraq, and the interaction between the Ba'th and communist parties in Iraq from 1958 to 1968 were crucial in shaping the current regime. Saddam Hussein's decision to launch all-out war against Iran in September 1980 marks the end of the first phase of this re-shaping of modern Iraqi politics. The Iraq-Iran war is a momentous event in its own right, but for Iraq, the author argues, the war diverts dissent against the Ba'thi regime by focusing attention on the specter of an enemy beyond Iraq's borders, thus masking a hidden potential for even greater violence inside Iraq.

Kanan Makiya was born in Baghdad. He is the author of several works of nonfiction, including "Republic of Fear" & "The Monument" (both originally published under a pseudonym), & the award-winning "Cruelty & Silence". He currently directs the Iraq Research & Documentation Project at Harvard University & teaches at Brandeis University. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Introduction to the 1998 Paperback Edition Note to the Reader
The Ba'Thist Polity
Institutions of Violence
A World of Fear
Ba'thism and the Masses
Authority
The Legitimation of Ba'Thism
Pan-Arabism and Iraq
Formation of the Ba'th
The Legitimation of Iraqi Ba'thism
Conclusion: The Final Catastrophe
Appendix
Index
Chronology

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