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Iraq : from Sumer to Saddam

Author: G L Simons
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book presents a broad history of Iraq, from the earliest times to the present, with particular attention to the emergence of modern Iraq in the twentieth century, the power struggles that led to the rise of Saddam Hussein, and such recent events as the Iran-Iraq war, the 1990-91 Gulf crisis, and the continuing depiction of Iraq as a 'pariah' nation.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: G L Simons
ISBN: 0312102097 9780312102098
OCLC Number: 28148901
Description: xv, 406 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Iraq in the new world order. After the 1991 Gulf War --
The history of Iraq. The ancient crucible ; The Arabs, Islam and the Caliphate ; Seljuks, Mongols and Ottomans ; The western impact ; From Monarchy to Republic ; Into the era of Saddam --
Towards the new world order. War with the West.
Responsibility: Geoff Simons ; foreword by Tony Benn.

Abstract:

This book presents a broad history of Iraq, from the earliest times to the present, with particular attention to the emergence of modern Iraq in the twentieth century, the power struggles that led to the rise of Saddam Hussein, and such recent events as the Iran-Iraq war, the 1990-91 Gulf crisis, and the continuing depiction of Iraq as a 'pariah' nation.

Some indication is given of the sufferings of the Iraqi people, not only as victims of a brutal regime but also at the hands of US-led Western governments more concerned with perceived strategic interests than with human welfare. Such crucial factors as the historical Western influence in the Middle East, the prolonged Western support for Saddam and the US manipulation of the United Nations are profiled.

Detailed information is included, much of it unsympathetic to Western propaganda, to encourage a deeper understanding and a deeper ethical perception of the 'Iraq Question'.

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