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By Thabit A.J. Abdullah

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ISBN-13: 9781842777862

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ISBN-13: 9781842777879

This is a concise, readable, but rigorous background of Iraq because the finish of the Iran-Iraq battle and the chilly warfare to the current day by means of a well-regarded and severe Iraqi highbrow. Abdullah takes the reader via a chronological trip, exploring how Hussein got here to strength, the results of the Iran-Iraq battle; how Hussein's regime built; the conflict in Kuwait; the devastation of Iraqi society less than foreign sanctions; the USA and allies' invasion; the longer term implications for Iraqi society. Abdullah undercuts the frequent view that Iraq as a state nation is a synthetic build. eventually, the booklet additionally explores the connection among Iraq's economic system and the 'globalized' economic climate of the post-1989 interval.

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Having gone through power struggles and splits, the new leadership placed a premium on internal party control. To this end they entrusted Saddam Hussein with forming an internal security service which eventually became his personal power base within the party. A few days after securing their hold, the Ba‘ath established a full monopoly on power. The next ten years would see the Ba‘ath finally settling the debate over the exact nature of the post-monarchy state. In the decade following the 1958 Revolution, the most important pillars of the old monarchy were effectively destroyed.

3 | Imperialism and the crisis of Kuwait The end of the war with Iran was received with an outpouring of joy throughout Iraq lasting several days. This, however, was shortlived as Iraqis soon became aware of a new war which had already started, even before the signing of the ceasefire with Iran. Saddam was intent upon settling scores with his internal enemies even if they included entire communities. The Kurds were especially apprehensive about what the ceasefire might mean for them. Kurdish nationalists had actively supported Iran and taken advantage of the army’s preoccupation at the front to extend their control over vast areas of the north.

Not that the state was against capitalist development as such; rather, its fear of foreign domination, as under the monarchy, encouraged the idea of a strong role for the state as a sort of “incubator” for domestic capital. A second factor was the accompanying rise of a “revolutionary ethos,” especially after the fall of the monarchy. In the ensuing battles against the old regime and within the revolutionary groups themselves, exacerbated The rise of the modern state | 25 by additional tensions from the Arab–Israeli conflict and the Cold War, the differences between domestic and foreign enemies tended to be blurred.

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