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Section Information for Fall 2013Iraq has had a turbulent history ever since it was carved out of three provinces of the Ottoman Empire at the end of World War I. In this course, we will examine the politics of Iraq under the British mandate, as an independent state under the monarchy, and as a republic after the revolution of 1958, always with special emphasis on the social composition of Iraq’s people and of its ruling elites; the ideologies that shaped these elites; the various attempts to create a cohesive nation out of Iraq’s disparate ethnic and religious communities; and the centrality of the state in Iraq’s history. We will study in some detail the Iraqi revolution of 1958 and its legacy; the rule of the Baath and Saddam Hussein; Iraq as a player in the region and the international system; and the 2003 American invasion of Iraq and its aftermath.
Satisfies the general education requirement in global understanding.
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