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Britain in Iraq: Contriving King and Country

Britain in Iraq: Contriving King and Country
 

Offers an account of Britain's political involvement in Iraq as well as insights into the motives behind the founding of the Iraqi state. This title presents a historical narrative of the development and implementation of the mandate in the face of considerable opposition in both... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780231142007
Barcode 9780231142007
Published 15 March 2007 by Columbia University Press
Format Hardback
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Language English (translated from: English)
Author(s) By Sluglett, Peter
Other Steer, Isabella
Foreword by Hourani, Albert
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ISBN-13 9780231142007
ISBN-10 0231142005
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced on backorder; allow 4-8 weeks
Publisher Columbia University Press
Imprint Columbia University Press
Publication Date 15 March 2007
International Publication Date 20 March 2007
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Language English
Translated from English
Author(s) By Sluglett, Peter
Other Steer, Isabella
Foreword by Hourani, Albert
Category World History: From C 1900 -
Asian / Middle Eastern History
International Relations
Number of Pages 296
Dimensions Not specified
Weight 524g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Iraq - History - 1921-, British - Iraq - History, British, Iraq, Iraq
NBS Text International Relations
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 956.7041
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

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.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review A serious and sophisticated work of political history...Highly recommended. Sluglett's book remains the best general introduction to the early history of modern Iraq and it is good that it is now available again. -- D.K. Fieldhouse, The International History Review An engaging and lucid portrait. -- Priya Satia, H-Albion

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Author's Bio

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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