History of Iraq

ISBN-10: 052170247X

ISBN-13: 9780521702478

Edition: 3rd 2007 (Revised)

Authors: Charles Tripp

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To understand Iraq, Charles Tripp's history is the book to read. Since its first appearance in 2000, it has become a classic in the field of Middle East studies, read and admired by students, soldiers, policymakers and journalists. The book is now updated to include the recent American invasion, the fall and capture of Saddam Hussein and the subsequent descent into civil strife. What is clear is that much that has happened since 2003 was foreshadowed in the account found in this book. Tripp's thesis is that the history of Iraq throughout the twentieth-century has made it what it is today, but also provides alternative futures. Unless this is properly understood, many of the themes explored in this book - patron-client relations, organized violence, sectarian, ethnic and tribal difference - will continue to exert a hold over the future of Iraq as they did over its past.
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List price: $29.99
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/30/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 386
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

List of illustrations
List of abbreviations
Iraq: principal towns
Basra, Kuwait and the Shatt al-'Arab
Iraq and the Middle East
Kurdish Iraq
The Ottoman provinces of Baghdad, Basra and Mosul
Power in the three provinces
The Ottoman 'reconquest' of the three provinces
Sultan Abdulhamid II and the Young Turks
The Committee of Union and Progress and its opponents
The British Mandate
British occupation and reactions
The Iraqi revolt of 1920
The institutional definition of the state
Mandate and treaty
The Mosul question: territory and oil
Different communities, different purposes, different histories
Emerging trends in politics and the economy
The Hashemite monarchy 1932-41
Communal identities and tribal unrest
Social criticism and political conspiracy
The coup d'etat of 1936
Military politics: pan-Arabism and army conspiracies
Iraq in the Second World War
The coup d'etat of 1941 and the British military occupation
The Hashemite monarchy 1941-58
Re-establishing the regime
Thwarted liberalisation
Foreign policies: Arab issues, Palestine and the Portsmouth Treaty
Economic development and party politics
Nuri al-Sa'id: the politics of reform and repression
Nuri al-Sa'id: foreign initiatives and domestic challenges
The coup d'etat of 1958
The republic 1958-68
'Abd al-Karim Qasim: dictatorship and disillusion
Iraqi foreign policy under Qasim
The politics of conspiracy and the coup d'etat of February 1963
Ba'thist control and loss of control in 1963
'Abd al-Salam 'Arif: Nasserist aspirations and Iraqi realities
Patrimonialism and the rule of the clan
'Abd al-Rahman 'Arif: a weakening hold on power
The Ba'th and the rule of Saddam Husain 1968-2003
Ahmad Hasan al-Bakr and the consolidation of power
Kurdish and Shi'i challenges and relations with Iran
Economic patronage, political control and foreign policy alignments
War in Kurdistan
Oil revenues, foreign policies and the rise of Saddam Husain
Saddam Husain's presidency and the war with Iran in 1980
Defending the regime and Iraq after 1982
A war of attrition 1984-8
Resistance amongst the Kurds and the Shi'a
The aftermath of war and rhe invasion of Kuwait 1988-90
The war for Kuwait and the uprisings of 1991
Iraq under sanctions and the long aftermath of the Gulf war
Kurdish autonomy and Kurdish politics
The 'shadow state' in Iraq
War and the fall of Saddam Husain
The American occupation and the parliamentary republic
The rule of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA)
New institutions and old politics
Insurgency, sectarianism and the spectre of civil war
Further reading and research
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