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Introduction: the Iran-Iraq War: new international perspectives

Ashton, Nigel J. and Gibson, Bryan (2012) Introduction: the Iran-Iraq War: new international perspectives. In: Ashton, Nigel J. and Gibson, Bryan, (eds.) The Iran-Iraq War: New International Perspectives. Cold War history. Routledge, London, UK, pp. 1-12. ISBN 9780415685245

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Abstract

This volume offers a wide-ranging examination of the Iran-Iraq War (1980-8), featuring fresh regional and international perspectives derived from recently available new archival material. Three decades ago Iran and Iraq became embroiled in a devastating eight-year war which served to re-define the international relations of the Gulf region. The Iran-Iraq War stands as an anomaly in the Cold War era: it was the only significant conflict in which the interests of the United States and Soviet Union unwittingly aligned, with both superpowers ultimately supporting the Iraqi regime. The Iran-Iraq War re-assesses not only the superpower role in the conflict, but also the war’s regional and wider international dimensions by bringing to the fore fresh evidence and new perspectives from a variety of sources. It focuses on a number of themes including the economic dimensions of the war and the roles played by a variety of powers, including the Gulf States, Turkey, France, the Soviet Union and the United States. The contributions to the volume serve to underline that the Iran-Iraq war was a defining conflict, shaping the perspectives of the key protagonists for a generation to come. This book will be of much interest to students of international and Cold War history, Middle Eastern politics, foreign policy, and IR in general.

Item Type: Book Section
Official URL: http://www.routledge.com/
Additional Information: © 2012 The Authors
Library of Congress subject classification: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D839 Post-war History, 1945 on
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Departments > International History
Research centres and groups > LSE IDEAS
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2011 10:39
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/37484/

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