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Iraq: People, History, Politics, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-7456-4930-6
352 pages
October 2016, Polity
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Few countries can claim to have endured such a difficult and tortuous history as that of Iraq. Its varied peoples have had to contend with externally imposed state-building at the end of the First World War, through to the rise of authoritarian military regimes, to the all-encompassing power of Saddam Hussein s dictatorship. They have endured destructive wars, internationally-imposed sanctions, and a further bout of destabilizing regime change and subsequent state-building from 2003. The recent rise of the Islamic State, the consolidation of the Kurdistan Region, and the response of the Shi i populace have brought the country to a de facto partition that may bring about Iraq s final demise.

The second edition of Iraq: People, History, Politics provides a comprehensive analysis of the political, societal, and economic dynamics that have governed Iraq s modern development. Situating recent events within a longer historical timeframe, this book is a must-read for anyone wanting to understand the deep histories that underpin the contemporary politics of this war-torn and troubled state.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Artificiality, Identity, Dictatorship, and State-Building

Chapter 1: Legacies of Civilizations and Empires

Chapter 2: State Formation, Monarchy, and Mandate, 1918-1932

Chapter 3: Conceptualizing Iraqi Society

Chapter 4: From Authoritarian to Totalitarian State, 1933-1979

Chapter 5: Iraq at War, 1979-1989

Chapter 6: The Pariah State, 1989-2003

Chapter 7: Regime Change, 2003-

Chapter 8: From the Brink, to the Brink

Chapter 9: The Disintegration of Iraq

Chapter 10: The Rise of the Islamic State


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Author Information

Gareth Stansfield is Al-Qasimi Professor of Arab Gulf Studies at the University of Exeter and a Senior Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), London. He is also a Global Fellow of the Wilson Center, Washington DC
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New to This Edition

Thoroughly updated and revised, with three brand new chapters (8, 9 and 10) and a completely revised introduction.
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