THE OLD SOCIAL CLASSES AND THE REVOLUTIONARY MOVEMENTS OF IRAQ

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The Old Social Classes And The Revolutionary Movements Of Iraq

Author : Hanna Batatu
ISBN : 9780863567711
Genre : Political Science
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This comparative study analyses the traditional elite of Iraq and their sucessors - the Communists, the Bathists and Free Officers - in terms of social and economic relationships in each area of the country. The author draws on secret government documents and interviews with key figures, both in power and in prison, to produce an engrossing story of political struggle and change. 'A landmark in Middle Eastern historical study' Roger Owen, International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 'By far the best book written on the social and political history of modern Iraq' Ahmad Dallal, Professor of Middle Eastern History, Stanford University
Category: Political Science

The Old Social Classes And The Revolutionary Movements Of Iraq

Author : Hanna Batatu
ISBN : 0863565204
Genre : Social Science
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Now back in print, this classic work has assumed a new significance in light of Iraq`s recent history. The late Hanna Batatu`s landmark study of Iraq`s social formation during the twentieth century is widely regarded as one of the most significant works of recent times dealing with Middle Eastern society and politics. Originally published in 1978, it is one of the very few comprehensive, primary source-based histories of any Arab country ever written. In the course of pursuing research in Iraq, Batatu happened to meet Abdul Karim Qassem who later went on to lead Iraq after the overthrow of the Hashemite monarchy in 1958. The prior friendship resulted in Batatu gaining access to otherwise secret state archives. Combined with extensive interviews and on-the-ground research, The Old Social Classes catapulted Iraq into a new light. At nearly 1,300 pages the work is dense with detail including large numbers of tables and raw data to illustrate his analytical points.
Category: Social Science

The Old Social Classes And The Revolutionary Movements Of Iraq

Author : Dale J. Stahl
ISBN : 9780429939792
Genre : History
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How do you solve a problem like understanding Iraq? For Hanna Batatu, the solution to this conundrum lay in generating alternative possibilities that effectively side-stepped the conventional wisdom of the time. Historians had long held that Iraq – like other artificial creations of ex-colonial European powers, who drew lines onto the world map that ignored longstanding tribal, ethnic and religious ties – was best understood by delving into its political and religious history. Batatu used the problem solving skills of asking productive questions and generating alternative possibilities to argue that Iraq’s history was better understood through the lens of a Marxist analysis focused on socio-economic history.The Old Social Classes concludes that the divisions present in Iraq – and exposed by the revolutionary movements of the 1950s – are those characterized by the struggle for control over property and the means of production. Additionally, Batatu sought to establish that the most important political movements of the time, notably the nationalist Ba'athists and the pan-Arab Free Officers Movement, had their origins in a homegrown communist ideology inspired by local conditions and local inequality. By posing new questions – and by undertaking a vast amount of research in primary sources, a rarity in the history of this region – Batatu was able to produce a strong, new solution to a longstanding historiographical puzzle.
Category: History

Syria S Peasantry The Descendants Of Its Lesser Rural Notables And Their Politics

Author : Hanna Batatu
ISBN : 9781400845842
Genre : History
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In this book, the distinguished scholar Hanna Batatu presents a comprehensive analysis of the recent social, economic, and political evolution of Syria's peasantry, the segment of society from which the current holders of political power stem. Batatu focuses mainly on the twentieth century and, in particular, on the Ba`th movement, the structures of power after the military coup d'état of 1963, and the era of îvfiz al-Asad, Syria's first ruler of peasant extraction. Without seeking to prove any single theory about Syrian life, he offers a uniquely rich and detailed account of how power was transferred from one demographic group to another and how that power is maintained today. Batatu begins by examining social differences among Syria's peasants and the evolution of their mode of life and economic circumstances. He then scrutinizes the peasants' forms of consciousness, organization, and behavior in Ottoman and Mandate times and prior to the Ba`thists' rise to power. He explores the rural aspects of Ba`thism and shows that it was not a single force but a plurality of interrelated groups--prominent among them the descendants of the lesser rural notables--with different social goals and mental horizons. The book also provides a perceptive account of President Asad, his personality and conduct, and the characteristics and power structures of his regime. Batatu draws throughout on a wide range of socioeconomic and biographical information and on personal interviews with Syrian peasants and political leaders, offering invaluable insights into the complexities of a country and a regime that have long been poorly understood by outsiders.
Category: History

The Iraqi Revolution Of 1958

Author : Robert Alan Fernea
ISBN : UOM:49015001382010
Genre : History
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In 1958 a group of nationalist military officers overthrew the Iraqi monarchy and established a republican regime. This book assesses the social, political and economic consequences of that revolution, which led to the domination of the Ba'ath Party, and the tyranny of Saddam Hussein.
Category: History

The Other Iraq

Author : Orit Bashkin
ISBN : 9780804774154
Genre : History
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The Other Iraq challenges the notion that Iraq has always been a totalitarian, artificial state, torn by sectarian violence. Chronicling the rise of the Iraqi public sphere from 1921 to 1958, this enlightening work reveals that the Iraqi intellectual field was always more democratic and pluralistic than historians have tended to believe. Orit Bashkin demonstrates how Sunni, Shi'i, and Kurdish intellectuals effectively created hyphenated Iraqi identities, connoting pride in their individual heritages while simultaneously appropriating and integrating ideas and narratives of Arab and Iraqi nationalism. Illustrating three developmental stages of Iraqi intellectual history, she follows Iraqi intellectuals' changing roles, from agents of democracy, to specialists who analyze the population, to deeply entrenched members of society committed to change. Based on previously unexplored material, this eye-opening work has significant contemporary implications.
Category: History

A People S History Of Iraq

Author : Ilario Salucci
ISBN : 1931859140
Genre : History
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Whether standing up to British occupiers, the monarchy they installed or the brutal dictatorship of Saddam Hussein-who for many years was a friend and ally of the United States-the workers' movement and the Left in Iraq have a rich history of fighting for a more democratic society. This is the only book of its kind on the history of the Left and workers' movements in Iraq. It includes a valuable analysis of the Iraqi Communist Party, which now is part of the discussion about the future of an independent Iraq. The Italian activist and journalist Ilario Salucci has spent years studying the hidden history of resistance in Iraq.
Category: History

Iraq Since 1958

Author : Marion Farouk-Sluglett
ISBN : 9780857713735
Genre : History
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In the West, the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in August 1990 and later Saddam Husain’s political survival following a punishing defeat in war have been greeted with bewilderment and incomprehension. The history of politics in Iraq and the context which has given rise to Saddam Husayn’s violent Ba’thist regime have been barely understood._x000D_ _x000D_ This highly praised book is the first to explore the emergence of modern Iraq from its foundation in 1920 into the 21st century. It covers the period from the revolution in 1958, concentrating particularly on Saddam Husayn’s rise to power and his consolidation as leader. It is the only political history of modern Iraq now available to provide a critical analysis of the Ba’thist regime which has ruled since 1968. _x000D_ _x000D_ The authors also explore the role and decline of the Iraqi Communist Party, the shifting policies towards the Kurds and the Shi’is, the nationalisation of oil and Iraq’s relations with its neighbours. With the extensive revision and updatings of Peter Sluglett, they provide a stimulating analysis of the country’s economy, now so drastically affected by international sanctions._x000D_ _x000D_ ---------------------_x000D_ Real Promo blurb_x000D_ As the world holds its breath while the US-Iraq confrontation approaches its denouement, here is the definitive story of Saddam Husayn, his rise to power and the historical background to his dictatorship._x000D_ _x000D_ This highly praised book explores the emergence of modern Iraq from the revolution in 1958 and concentrating on Saddam Husayn’s rise to power and his consolidation as leader. The only political history of modern Iraq now available, it provides a critical analysis of the Ba’thist regime which has ruled since 1968. It explores the decline of the Iraqi Communist Party, the shifting policies towards the Kurds and the Shi‘is, and Iraq’s relations with its neighbours. Extensively updated by Peter Sluglett, it provides analysis of the country’s economy, now so damaged by international sanctions._x000D_ _x000D_ `This is an excellent, reasoned, historical analysis of Iraq, lucidly written, theoretically astute, empirically based, politically firm.'_x000D_ Fred Halliday_x000D_ _x000D_ `A very good book indeed' Albert Hourani_x000D_ ---------------------------------_x000D_ Author aff._x000D_ The late Marion Farouk-Sluglett lectured in Middle Eastern Politics at the University College of Wales. Peter Sluglett is Professor of History at the University of Utah.
Category: History

New Babylonians

Author : Orit Bashkin
ISBN : 9780804782012
Genre : History
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Although Iraqi Jews saw themselves as Iraqi patriots, their community—which had existed in Iraq for more than 2,500 years—was displaced following the establishment of the state of Israel. New Babylonians chronicles the lives of these Jews, their urban Arab culture, and their hopes for a democratic nation-state. It studies their ideas about Judaism, Islam, secularism, modernity, and reform, focusing on Iraqi Jews who internalized narratives of Arab and Iraqi nationalisms and on those who turned to communism in the 1940s. As the book reveals, the ultimate displacement of this community was not the result of a perpetual persecution on the part of their Iraqi compatriots, but rather the outcome of misguided state policies during the late 1940s and early 1950s. Sadly, from a dominant mood of coexistence, friendship, and partnership, the impossibility of Arab-Jewish coexistence became the prevailing narrative in the region—and the dominant narrative we have come to know today.
Category: History