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Iraq : from Sumer to post-Saddam
Simons, G. L. (Geoffrey Leslie), 1939-
Third edition.
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New York : Palgrave Macmillan, [2004]

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xvii, 463 pages ; 22 cm
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Newly reissued and updated to engage with Iraq's current, central role in world affairs, Geoff Simons' seminal book presents a broad history of Iraq, from the earliest times to the emergence of modern Iraq in the Twentieth-century, the power struggles that led to the rise of Saddam Hussein, the Iran-Iraq war, the 1990-91 Gulf war, and the continuing depiction of Iraq as a 'rogue' nation. Such crucial factors as the West's historical influence in the Middle East, the prolonged Western support for Saddam Hussein and the US manipulation of the United Nations are profiled. This book encourages a deeper understanding and a deeper ethical examination of the 'Iraq question'.

Author Notes

Geoff Simons is a prolific author, having written more than fifty books. He has also produced about 200 articles for the general and academic press

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Editionp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgementsp. xiv
Introductionp. xv
Part I Iraq in the New World Orderp. 1
1 After the 1991 Gulf Warp. 3
The Face of Iraqp. 4
The Face of Kuwaitp. 25
Post-War Chronologyp. 31
The Saddamgatesp. 55
Other Exposes and Unanswered Questionsp. 70
The Turkish Factorp. 75
The Survival of Saddamp. 83
The Bush Finalep. 89
Enter Bill Clintonp. 93
The Continuing Confrontationp. 97
Part II The History of Iraqp. 111
2 The Ancient Cruciblep. 113
Beginningsp. 113
Sumerp. 115
Akkadp. 120
Babyloniap. 121
Assyriap. 125
The Jewsp. 130
The Persiansp. 133
The Greeksp. 135
Romans and Parthiansp. 136
The Sassaniansp. 137
3 The Arabs, Islam and the Caliphatep. 139
Arab Originsp. 139
Mohammadp. 142
The Framework of Islamp. 143
The Arab Conquestp. 145
Schismp. 147
The Umayyad Dynastyp. 150
The Abbasid Dynastyp. 154
Declinep. 156
4 Seljuks, Mongols and Ottomansp. 160
End of the Abbasidsp. 160
The Seljuksp. 161
Impact of the Crusadesp. 164
Mongol Onslaughtp. 168
Ottoman Conquestp. 173
Ottoman Declinep. 177
5 The Western Impactp. 181
Early Interests in Mesopotamiap. 181
The Lure of Oilp. 184
The Demise of the Ottomansp. 188
The Sykes-Picot Agreementp. 195
Colonial Interregnump. 198
Towards Independencep. 217
6 From Monarchy to Republicp. 224
The Growth of Nationalismp. 224
Towards the Coupsp. 227
The Emergence of Ba'athismp. 234
The Israel Factorp. 237
Prelude to Suezp. 244
Revolution and Aftermathp. 251
The Ba'athists in Powerp. 260
The Impact of Oilp. 268
7 Into the Era of Saddamp. 271
Saddam Hussein al-Tikritip. 271
The Ba'athist Coupp. 277
The Kurdish Questionp. 297
Iran-Iraq Warp. 305
Western Support for Saddamp. 317
US Business and Saddamp. 325
Part III Towards the New World Orderp. 331
8 War with the Westp. 333
Countdownp. 333
Iraq's Grievancesp. 338
The American 'Green Light'p. 345
The Invasion of Kuwaitp. 351
The Fabrication of Consensusp. 353
George Bushp. 359
The Chronology of Conflictp. 361
Afterwordp. 382
Notesp. 400
Bibliographyp. 431
Indexp. 437