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Inventing Iraq: the failure of nation building and a history denied

Dodge, Toby (2011) Inventing Iraq: the failure of nation building and a history denied. C. Hurst & Co., London, UK. ISBN 9781849040686

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Abstract

Examining the construction of the modern state of Iraq under the auspices of the British empire, this title uncovers a series of shocking parallels between the policies of a declining British empire and those of Coalition forces in Iraq since the invasion of Iraq in March 2003. Never has the old line about those who fail to understand the past being condemned to repeat it seemed more urgently relevant than in Iraq today, with potentially catastrophic consequences for the Iraqi people, the Middle East region, and the world. Examining the construction of the modern state of Iraq under the auspices of the British empire - the first attempt by a Western power to remake Mesopotamia in its own image - renowned Iraq expert Toby Dodge uncovers a series of shocking parallels between the policies of a declining British empire and those of Coalition forces in Iraq since the invasion of Iraq in March 2003. Dodge shows that the state created by the British held all the seeds of a violent, corrupt, and relentlessly oppressive future for the Iraqi people, one that has continued to unfold. Like the British empire eight decades before, the United States and Britain took upon themselves today the grand task of transforming Iraq and, by extension, the political landscape of the Middle East.

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: © 2011 C. Hurst & Co.
Library of Congress subject classification: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Departments > International Relations
Research centres and groups > Middle East Centre
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2011 14:00
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/38664/

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