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Inventing Iraq The Failure of Nation Building and a History Denied

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ISBN-10: 0231131674

ISBN-13: 9780231131674

Edition: N/A

Authors: Toby Dodge

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"If we think there is a fast solution to changing the governance of Iraq," warned U.S. Marine General Anthony Zinni in the months before the United States and Britain invaded Iraq, "then we don't understand history." Never has the old line about those who fail to understand the past being condemned to repeat it seemed more urgently relevant than in Iraq today, with potentially catastrophic consequences for the Iraqi people, the Middle East region, and the world. Examining the construction of the modern state of Iraq under the auspices of the British empire -the first attempt by a Western power to remake Mesopotamia in its own image -renowned Iraq expert Toby Dodge uncovers a series of…    
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Book details

List price: $33.00
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 9/14/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880

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 Corr
uption, 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