Iraq A Political History

ISBN-10: 0691157936
ISBN-13: 9780691157931
Edition: 2013 (Revised)
Authors: Adeed Dawisha
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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 4/7/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 408
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.518

With each day that passed after the 2003 invasion, the United States seemed to sink deeper in the treacherous quicksand of Iraq's social discord, floundering in the face of deep ethno-sectarian divisions that have impeded the creation of a viable state and the molding of a unified Iraqi identity. Yet as Adeed Dawisha shows in this superb political history, the story of a fragile and socially fractured Iraq did not begin with the American-led invasion--it is as old as Iraq itself.Dawisha traces the history of the Iraqi state from its inception in 1921 following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and up to the present day. He demonstrates how from the very beginning Iraq's ruling elites sought to unify this ethnically diverse and politically explosive society by developing state governance, fostering democratic institutions, and forging a national identity. Dawisha, who was born and raised in Iraq, gives rare insight into this culturally rich but chronically divided nation, drawing on a wealth of Arabic and Western sources to describe the fortunes and calamities of a state that was assembled by the British in the wake of World War I and which today faces what may be the most serious threat to survival that it has ever known.Featuring Dawisha's insightful new afterword on recent political developments,Iraqis required reading for anyone seeking to make sense of what's going on in Iraq today, and why it has been so difficult to create a viable government there.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Consolidating the Monarchical State, 1921-1936
Framing Democracy with a Certain Indifference, 1921-1936
The Uncertain Nation, 1921-1936
Turbulence in Governance, 1936-1958
Potholes in the Democratic Road, 1936-1958
Nationalism and the Ethnosectarian Divide, 1936-1958
The Monarchy's Political System, 1921-1958
The Authoritarian Republic, 1958-1968
The State Rules without Rules, 1968-2003
Politics in the New Era, 2003-
W(h)ither Iraq?
Notes
Bibliography
Afterword to the 2013 Edition: So Much Promise, So Many Disappointments
Index

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