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Cultural Cleansing in Iraq Why Museums Were Looted, Libraries Burned and Academics Murdered

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ISBN-10: 0745328121

ISBN-13: 9780745328126

Edition: 2009

Authors: Raymond W. Baker, Shereen T. Ismael, Tareq Y. Ismael

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Why did the invasion of Iraq result in cultural destruction and killings of intellectuals? Convention sees accidents of war and poor planning liberate Iraqis. The authors argue instead that the invasion aimed to dismantle the Iraqi state to remake it as a client regime. Post-invasion chaos created conditions under which the cultural foundations of the state could be undermined. The authors painstakingly consequences of the occupiers' willful inaction and worse, which led to the ravaging of one of the world's oldest recorded cultures. of over 400 academics, kidnapping and the forced flight of thousands of doctors, lawyers, artists and other intellectuals add up to cultural This important work lays to rest claims that the invasion aimed to free an educated population to develop its own culture of democracy.
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Book details

List price: $37.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Pluto Press
Publication date: 11/6/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Preface
Formulating and Executing The Policy Of Cultural Cleansing
Ending the Iraqi State
The Ideological Imperatives for a "New" Iraq
The Neo-Conservative Movement
Theory to Practice: The Modalities of State-Ending in Iraq
Death Squads as Foreign Policy Tool
The Israeli Example: State Destruction in Palestine
The Question of Oil
The Israeli Role in Iraq
Israel in Occupied Iraq
The Contours of Cultural Destruction
Destruction of Social Institutions
Conclusion
Cultural Cleansing in Comparative Perspective
The Cleansing of Civilizations
The Cleansing of Peoples
Building and Destroying Nations
Crimes Against Culture: The Former Yugoslavia
Crimes Against Culture: Palestine
Conclusion
Policy in Motion: The Assault on Iraq's Incomparable History
Archaeology and the Strategies of War
The Assault on Iraqi History and Collective Memory
The Willful Violence of Cultural Destruction
The Current Status of the Archaeological Heritage of Iraq
The Destruction
An Overview of the Iraqi Cultural Heritage
The Islamic Heritage
Negligent Mnemocide and the Shattering of Iraqi Collective Memory
Invasion Policies
Baghdad Archives and Manuscript Collections
Provincial Manuscript Collections
Relative Human Valuation and the Collapse of Collective Memory
Policy in Motion: The Present and the Future
Killing the Intellectual Class: Academics as Targets
Looting, Arrests and Murder: The Occupation of Iraq Begins
The Campaign of Assassination
A Case Study: Baghdad's College of Dentistry
Violence on Campus
An Educational System on the Verge of Collapse
Actions to Protect Iraqi Intellectuals
The Occupation is Responsible
Urgent Actions are Needed to Save Iraq's Academics
Wiping the Slate Clean
The Purge of Iraqi Academics
Emergence of the Purge
Targeted Assassinations
Death Threats and Intimidation
Kidnapping and Detention
The Authorship of Killings of Iraqi Academics
Motive and Opportunity
Professor Tareq Samarree
The Raid on the Ministry of Higher Education
De-Ba 'athification and the Origin of the Purge of Academics
The Intelligence Apparatus
The End of History?
Death, Displacement, or Flight
Brain Drain
Crime for Wage
Surge Purge
Hard Times/Bleak Future
Permanently Disabled
The Purging of Minds
National Character Displacement
"Brain Drain"
Emergency
Repression and Refdge
Persecution
Assault on the State
State of Terror
Salvador Option
Minorities in Iraq: The Other Victims
Introduction
Field Research
Current Situation of Minorities
Yezidis
Mandaeans
Christians
Turkmen
Other Minorities
Governance Challenges
Conclusions
Appendices
Reflections on Death Anxiety and University Professors in Iraq
Death Psychology
Death Anxiety in Iraq
Conclusions
List of Murdered Academics
Notes on Contributors
Index