A Political History from Independence to Occupation

    Adeed Dawisha

    Princeton University Press 2009

    Hardback 384pp

    9780691139579   Product Code: 97330

    The sectarian divisions that plague Iraq did not begin with the US- led invasion of 2003. This succinct overview reveals their deep roots in the history of a country assembled by the British from the ruins of the Ottoman Empire. Demonstrating how the nation's elites have long struggled to unify its ethnically diverse society, this is required reading for anyone wishing to understand what is happening in Iraq, and why it has proved so difficult to create a viable government there.

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