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My memoirs : half a century of the history of Iraq and the Arab cause

Author: Tawfīq Suwaydī
Publisher: Boulder, Colo. : Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc., 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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These memoirs of the distinguished Iraqi statesman Tawfiq al-Suwaydi (1892-1968) evocatively recapture a now largely vanished Arab world--and are an eloquent reminder that Iraq was once a far more open and tolerant society than it is today. Al-Suwaydi served as Iraq's prime minister three times (1929, 1946, 1950), as foreign minister on numerous occasions, and as ambassador to Iran, the League of Nations, and the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Tawfīq Suwaydī; Tawfīq Suwaydī; Tawfīq Suwaydī; Taufīq As-Suwaidī; Tawfīq As-Suwaydī
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tawfīq Suwaydī
ISBN: 9781588269034 1588269035
OCLC Number: 828892730
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xviii, 545 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: List of Photographs --
Foreword --
Preface --
Acknowledgements --
Introduction --
Dedication --
1. My upbringing --
2. In public life: the literary forum --
3. Iraq's independence: the Iraqi Congress --
4. Faisal in Iraq --
5. Democracy in Iraq --
6. Oil concessions --
7. The Hashemite-Saudi clash --
8. On Iraqi politics --
9. My first term as Prime Minister --
10. Abd al-Muhsin al-Saʻdun --
11. Nuri al-Saʻid enters the scene --
12. Minister plenipotentiary in Tehran --
13. At the League of Nations --
14. The ill-fated coups begin --
15. Geneva, Paris, London, Ankara --
16. Events on the brink of war --
17. At the London conference on the Palestine issue --
18. Unrest in Iraq --
19. The Gaylani movement and its outcomes --
20. The Arab League --
21. My second term as Prime Minister --
22. The Anglo-Iraqi Treaty of 1948 --
23. My third term as Prime Minister --
24. The era of king Faisal II --
25. The Baghdad Pact --
26. Nationalization of the Suez Canal --
27. A Hashemite-Saudi rapprochement --
28. The Arab Federation --
29. Iraq and Kuwait --
30. Iraq's catastrophe: July 14, 1958 --
31. The view from exile --
32. Conclusion.
Other Titles: Mudhakkirātī.
Responsibility: Tawfiq al-Suwaydi ; translated from the Arabic by Nancy Roberts ; with an Introduction by Antony T. Sullivan.

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These memoirs of the distinguished Iraqi statesman Tawfiq al-Suwaydi (1892-1968) evocatively recapture a now largely vanished Arab world--and are an eloquent reminder that Iraq was once a far more open and tolerant society than it is today. Al-Suwaydi served as Iraq's prime minister three times (1929, 1946, 1950), as foreign minister on numerous occasions, and as ambassador to Iran, the League of Nations, and the United Nations. He frequently undertook sensitive diplomatic missions on behalf of the Iraqi monarchy. Among the major world figures with whom he interacted personally were Kemal Ataturk, Adnan Menderes, Gamal Abdul Nasser, Chaim Weizmann, David Ben Gurion, John Foster Dulles, Anthony Eden, George Curzon, Benito Mussolini, George Antonius, and Kings Abdullah, Faisal, Hussein, and Ibn Saud. From this vantage point, he wrote with an insider's detail about the diplomatic, political, and geostrategic issues that vexed Iraq and the entire Arab world from the early twentieth century through mid-1960s.

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