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Iraq : a political history from independence to occupation / Adeed Dawisha.

Dawisha, A. I. [Browse]
Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2011.
377 pages ; 24 cm
Summary note:
"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."--Back cover.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction -- Consolidating the monarchical state, 1921-1936 -- Framing democracy with a certain indifference, 1921-1936 -- The uncertain nation, 1921-1936 -- Turbulence in governance, 1936-1958 -- Potholes in the democratic road, 1936-1958 -- Nationalism and the ethnosectarian divide, 1936-1958 -- The monarchy's political system, 1921-1958 -- The authoritarian republic, 1958-1968 -- The state rules without rules, 1968-2003 -- Politics in the new era, 2003- -- W(h)ither Iraq?
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