HIST 387: Topics in Global History

HIST 387-004: Modern Iraq
(Fall 2013)

12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR

East Building 122

Section Information for Fall 2013

Iraq 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.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3-6

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest in global, Latin American, African, Asian, or Middle Eastern history. Notes: Topics announced in advance. May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies, Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture

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