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A fresh look at Iraqi history through the twentieth century until today, this book identifies continuities and breaks in the Iraqi experience. It combines chapters that provide each an expansive bird's-eye view of a key issue spanning a century with chapters that focus on more specific case studies that have been largely overlooked so far but such that are of great significance for Iraq's present and future. Some of the events and developments discussed were enforced from the outside and some grew out of particular and historically changing configurations within Iraqi society, but all are highly relevant to the understanding of contemporary Iraq. Written by leading scholars in the field, the chapters focus on such topics as the changing features of the of Iraqi identity, the rise of Iraqi nationalism alongside competing identities, ethnic and sectarian communalism, the role of women, Iraq's military history, the Iraqi economy, state building after the 2003 invasion, and a comparative discussion of the British and U.S. colonial adventures and the implications of those developments for the future of the country. The volume raises some pertinent questions on the way Iraqi history and present are interpreted and adds knowledge to the existing scholarship.


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A fresh look at Iraqi history through the twentieth century until today, this book identifies continuities and breaks in the Iraqi experience. It combines chapters that provide each an expansive bird's-eye view of a key issue spanning a century with chapters that focus on more specific case studies that have been largely overlooked so far but such that are of great significance for Iraq's present and future. Some of the events and developments discussed were enforced from the outside and some grew out of particular and historically changing configurations within Iraqi society, but all are highly relevant to the understanding of contemporary Iraq. Written by leading scholars in the field, the chapters focus on such topics as the changing features of the of Iraqi identity, the rise of Iraqi nationalism alongside competing identities, ethnic and sectarian communalism, the role of women, Iraq's military history, the Iraqi economy, state building after the 2003 invasion, and a comparative discussion of the British and U.S. colonial adventures and the implications of those developments for the future of the country. The volume raises some pertinent questions on the way Iraqi history and present are interpreted and adds knowledge to the existing scholarship.


Reviews


"The 14 essays that make up this book offer an in-depth, multidisciplinary analysis of the political and sociocultural transformation of Iraq from its foundation by the British as a nation-state in the 1920s to its occupation by the US-led coalition forces in 2003...The writers, who include a distinguished group of scholars specializing in Iraq's ethnic organization and political culture, provide incisive and often fresh perspectives on key aspects of that country's complex and turbulent history. They include the interplay between communal and national identity, the different attempts at state formation and nation building, the role of women, and the changing role of the military under the Republican and Ba'athist regimes...This authoritative volume is a valuable contribution to understanding modern Iraq and its tortured history. Recommended." - Choice

'The editors have assembled an impressive list of specialists on Iraq to evaluate salient and contested themes in Iraqi history, politics, and society from the days of the monarchy through the Republican and Saddamist periods to the current post-2003 era. The analysis is uniformly rigorous, balanced, and illuminating, and the various studies are extensively- researched yet concise and to the point. There is much of value in this book to the specialist as well as to the general reader.' - Adeed Dawisha, Distinguished Professor, Miami University. Author of Iraq: A Political History from Independence to Occupation

'This fine collection of essays is must reading for anyone who seeks to understand the past and present of Iraq and the implications for the country's future. The authors provide authoritative accounts of that troubled country's history and the interplay of external powers and internal actors. They deftly integrate the successive phases of Iraq's political evolution from the twentieth into the twenty-first century, treating questions of identity, religion, democracy, nation building, monarchy, dictatorship, war, occupation, and insurgency. This is an exceptional one-volume work, invaluable for understanding this complex land.' - Robert J. Lieber, professor of Government & International Affairs, Georgetown University

'Iraq Between Occupations assembles a superb set of scholars to critically assess a pivotal historical era that continues to influence post-Saddam Iraq. By elucidating the subtle and complex interplay of domestic and external factors in the shaping of the Iraqi state, the volume is an invaluable resource for policymakers and students of contemporary Middle East politics.' - Robert S. Litwak, Vice President for Programs, Woodrow Wilson Center

'This is perhaps one of the most comprehensive analyses of modern Iraq. It successfully tackles all the important aspects of Iraq's transformation, from its new identity to its societal divisions and the rise of new actors, without ignoring the historical context. Aptly named, Iraq Between Occupations, this collection of essays explore the trials and tribulations of state formation in Iraq. It is diverse, rich, and innovative in its approach and is bound to become an essential reading for all who want to understand Iraq's tortuous and unfinished trajectory.' - Henri J. Barkey, Lehigh University and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

'This excellent collection brings together contributions by a new generation of Iraq historians with those of some of the most seasoned experts in the field. The quality and breadth of the articles is remarkable - from the latest trends in research to impressive overview essays. Both readers who seek reliable background information on Iraqi history and politics and those looking for exciting new insights will find this volume a most useful resource.' - Peter Wien teaches Middle Eastern History at the University of Maryland


Contents


Introduction; A.Baram, R.Zeidel & A.Rohde
PART I: IRAQ BETWEEN A NATION STATE AND ETHNO-SECTARIAN DIVIDES: A RE-APPRAISAL
One Iraq or Many: What has happened to Iraqi Identity?; P.Marr
Kurds, Arabs and Iraqis: A History of a Clash of Identities; S.Kirmanj
The Kurdish Phoenix: Nation-Building in a Failed Iraqi Nation-State; O.Bengio
A Kurdish Leadership in Iraq: Facing the New Challenges, the Danger and the Chances of the Post-Saddam Era; M.Eppel
PART II: ASPECTS OF IRAQI HISTORY UNDER THE MONARCHY
The Roots of Democratic Thinking in Iraq and their Contemporary Implications: Discourses on Democracy in the Hashemite Period 1921-1958 through the Vision of 'Abd al-Fattah Ibrahim'; O.Bashkin
Women under the Monarchy: A Backdrop for Post-Saddam Events; N.Efrati
PART III: THE BA'TH ERA AND BEYOND
Understanding Ba'thist Iraq? Toward a Comparative Historiography of Dictatorships; A.Rohde
Sadr the Father, Sadr the Son, and the 'Revolution in Shi'ism'; A.Baram
On Servility and Survival: the Sunni Opposition to Saddam and the Origins of the Current Sunni Leadership in Iraq; R.Zeidel
The Iraqi Military under the Ba'th Regime: the Case of the Iraqi Armed Forces in Operation Desert Storm and the Impact of Desert Storm on its Performance in Operation Iraqi Freedom; P.Malovany
Iraq's Economy 2003-2008; J.Sassoon
PART IV: THE US IN IRAQ 2003-2007/8
The U.S. in Iraq: The Dual Challenge of Insurgent and Sectarian Violence; M.Eisenstadt
Amateur Hour in Iraq: A Worm`s Eye View of the Failure of Nation Building; A.H.Coyne
Until They Leave: Liberation, Occupation, and Insurgency in Iraq; J.Yaphe


Authors

RONEN ZEIDEL is Fellow in the Centre for Iraq Studies at University of Haifa, Israel.
 
AMATZIA BARAM Professor and Director of the Centre for Iraq Studies at University of Haifa, Israel.
 
ACHIM ROHDE is a Middle East historian at Philipps-University Marburg, Germany, where he is Coordinator of the research network "Re-Configurations. History, Memory, and Transormative Processes in the Middle East and North Africa"
(http://www.uni-marburg.de/cnms/forschung/re-konfigurationen). He is the author of State-Society Relations in Ba'thist Iraq: Facing Dictatorship (2010).