A History of Iraq

A History of Iraq To understand Iraq Charles Tripp s history is the book to read Since its first appearance in it has become a classic in the field of Middle East studies read and admired by students soldiers

  • Title: A History of Iraq
  • Author: Charles Tripp
  • ISBN: 9780521702478
  • Page: 187
  • Format: Paperback
  • To understand Iraq, Charles Tripp s history is the book to read Since its first appearance in 2000, it has become a classic in the field of Middle East studies, read and admired by students, soldiers, policymakers and journalists The book is now updated to include the recent American invasion, the fall and capture of Saddam Hussein and the subsequent descent into civil sTo understand Iraq, Charles Tripp s history is the book to read Since its first appearance in 2000, it has become a classic in the field of Middle East studies, read and admired by students, soldiers, policymakers and journalists The book is now updated to include the recent American invasion, the fall and capture of Saddam Hussein and the subsequent descent into civil strife What is clear is that much that has happened since 2003 was foreshadowed in the account found in this book Tripp s thesis is that the history of Iraq throughout the twentieth century has made it what it is today, but also provides alternative futures Unless this is properly understood, many of the themes explored in this book patron client relations, organized violence, sectarian, ethnic and tribal difference will continue to exert a hold over the future of Iraq as they did over its past.

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    1. I took a year long break from this book to read about/research other things. I wish I hadn't. This is a remarkable overview of the twentieth century in Iraq, and necessary reading for anyone with a silver of curiosity about the Middle East or the roots, implementation and legacy of the US invasion. There is so much I didn't know, and of course it's challenging toward the end to read about the relentless violence, destruction and failure--by all parties. But what can you do? Confront your ignoran [...]

    2. This book is a mix of incredible scholarly knowledge, an excellent argument, and a somewhat stiff writing style and narrow topical range. Tripp surveys Iraqi history since the Ottoman Empire with a heavy focus on the Hashemite and Republican periods. The level of detail, however, is somewhat mind numbing: there are so many people with very similar names, and Tripp doesn't go into much of the biographical detail that normally helps me sort through complex stories with lots of characters. He also [...]

    3. Absolutely phenomenal and comprehensive view of Iraq's history. Necessary must-read for anyone who wishes to understand present-day Iraq.

    4. One of the most difficult aspects of writing history books must be deciding how much detail to include. If the author doesn't go into enough depth, readers can be deprived of substantive information. If the author includes too much, the reading can become burdensome. Charles Tripp's A History of Iraq falls more into the latter camp. While it provides many important details, such as the names and motivations of many Iraqi leaders, the tenets of the Baathist Party, and UN resolutions aimed at curb [...]

    5. Tripp's book is well-researched, detailed, and powerfully argues that modern Iraq can only be understood in terms of the patron-client relations, state sponsored organized violence, and religious, tribal, and ethnic tensions which have played powerful roles in Iraq's history. Tripp avoids hasty generalizations, but this causes him to discuss the material in levels of detail which sometimes become "too detailed." On the other hand, Tripp has sought to avoid burying the story in so many details th [...]

    6. The book is a condensed history of modern Iraq, highlighting the major events within the past 150 years, tracing the roots of struggle from the three Ottoman provinces which Iraq encompassed to the post-2003 Iraq. Compared to most other countries, Iraq appears to be far more volatile, involving a fairly large number of attempted coups d'etat (variable in their success) and a troubled history of social and religious agitation. The book is clearly not an exhaustive chronicle of Iraq. It's merely a [...]

    7. There are a number of works that address the history of Iraq as this ought to have informed American policy there after 9-11: Toby Dodge's Inventing Iraq and Liam Anderson's and Gareth Stansfield's The Future of Iraq and Christopher Catherwood's Churchill's Folly come to mind. This is another in this excellent set of works. Tripp traces Iraqi history--and its implications--from its status as three provinces in the Ottoman Empire (Baghdad, Basra, and Mosul), the British Mandate (covered so well b [...]

    8. Very useful and informative read. I wont lie and say it was a fun read but you will learn a lot about what makes the Iraqi nation tick.

    9. Read this book for school, and enjoyed it. Very good summary on the history of Iraq and the Iraqi people.

    10. Suggested reading for Iraq familiarization for working at the U.S. Embassy. Interesting, but I quickly realized it had nothing to do with my job in Baghdad so didn't finish it. Too bad.

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