Iraq: A Political History from Independence to Occupation (2020)

Iraq A Political History from Independence to Occupation With each day that passed after the 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 divisi
  • Title: Iraq: A Political History from Independence to Occupation
  • Author: Adeed Dawisha
  • ISBN: 9780691139579
  • Page: 344
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Iraq: A Political History from Independence to Occupation
    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 fWith 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 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 Iraq is 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.
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    One Reply to “Iraq: A Political History from Independence to Occupation”

    1. More of a comment on the political history of Iraq than a detailed discussion The part on the monarchy is much detailed and convincing than the parts on the disastrous series of dictatorships in the aftermath of 1958.

    2. This book by Adeed Dawisha examines the political history of Iraq from its founding in 1921 to the post 2003 era of turmoil Since the formation of the nation from the three Ottoman Empire provinces of Mosul, Baghdad, and Basra, the ruling elite of the country have faced the enormous challenges unifying an ethnically diverse and politically explosive society The basic task of governing Iraq has always been building state governing structures, creating a national identity, and fostering democratic [...]

    3. This book is very weird and unbalanced It describes in meticulous, painstaking emphasis on the pain detail Iraq during the monarchical period, and then zooms through the military coup, Baathist takeover, Saddam, and the U.S invasion in 2003 at breakneck speed One is left with a very thorough too thorough understanding of Iraq in the 20s and 30s, but almost nothing in the subsequent 70 years other than it was bad.Also, it is extraordinarily poorly edited The only way I was able to stay interested [...]

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