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Britain in Iraq: Contriving King and Country (Hardback)

Peter Sluglett

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ISBN 10: 1850437696 / ISBN 13: 9781850437697
Edité par I.B.Tauris Co Ltd., United Kingdom, 2007
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Language: N/A. Brand New Book. As the attention of the world is focused on the increasingly beleaguered U.S. and U.K. occupation of Iraq, Iraq expert and Middle East historian Peter Sluglett revisits Britain s creation of Iraq in the twentieth century in this thoroughly revised edition of his classic text Britain in Iraq . Sluglett presents a comprehensive history of British policy towards Iraq from the beginnings of the Mesopotamia campaign in 1914 through the creation of Iraq in 1920 and the period of the mandate until Iraqi independence in 1932. As well as being a history of Britain s relations with Iraq, the book also traces the implementation of British policies in a number of key areas and the creation of the principal institutions of the state. As such it is an important contribution to both Middle Eastern and British imperial history, and crucial to our understanding of Iraq today. N° de réf. du libraire AA79781850437697

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Titre : Britain in Iraq: Contriving King and Country...

Éditeur : I.B.Tauris Co Ltd., United Kingdom

Date d'édition : 2007

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

Edition : 2nd Revised ed..

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After the end of World War I, international pressures prevented the Allies from implementing direct colonial rule over the former Arab provinces of the Ottoman Empire. Instead, the Allies created a system of mandates for the governance of the Middle East. France was assigned Lebanon and Syria, and Britain was assigned Iraq, Palestine, and Transjordan.

First published in 1976, Britain in Iraq has long been recognized as the definitive history of the mandate period, providing a meticulous and engaging account of Britain's political involvement in Iraq as well as rare insights into the motives behind the founding of the Iraqi state. Peter Sluglett presents a historical narrative of the development and implementation of the mandate in the face of considerable opposition in both Iraq and Britain and shows how the British maintained a "reliable" group of Iraqi clients in power to protect imperial interests. Sluglett explores the changing relationship between Britain and Iraq over the eighteen years of occupation and mandate, the interactions between Shi'ite and Sunni populations, the position of the Kurds, the boundary between Turkey and northern Iraq, and policies relating to defense, land tenure and the tribes, and education. A new conclusion attempts to analyze the legacy of the mandate and to offer some explanation for Iraq's continuing weakness as a state and the structural obstacles preventing the emergence of a plural political system.

About the Author:

Peter Sluglett is professor of Middle Eastern history at the University of Utah. He is the coauthor of Iraq Since 1958: From Revolution to Dictatorship. and coeditor of The British and French Mandates in Comparative Perspective.

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