Marr, Phebe The Modern History Of Iraq

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The Modern History Of Iraq

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The second edition of a highly respected history of Iraq, which covers the period from the construction of the modern state in 1920 through today. Written for lay readers and students of the Middle East, The Modern History of Iraq places in historical perspective the multiple crises and upheavals that afflict contemporary Iraq. The book focuses on several important themes: the search for national identity in a multi-ethnic, multi-religious state; the struggle to achieve economic development and modernity in a traditional society; and the political dynamics that have led to the current dire situation in Iraq. While much remains opaque about contemporary Iraq because of its closed political system, Marr has used published sources in Arabic and English, personal interviews, and frequent visits to Iraq to produce a remarkably lucid and readable account of the emergence of contemporary Iraq and the forces that have shaped it.

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Praise for Previous Editions: "This is a"tour de force"of the history of modern Iraq, probably the most turbulent history in the 20th century Middle East. . . . This is a highly intricate political, social and economic history, yet Marr's account remains fluent and lucid throughout. Reading the book is sheer pleasure also because it brings together profound understanding of the people and the land, filling many gaps in our knowledge and creating a rich tapestry that is rarely seen in contemporary historical literature." --Amatzia Baram, University of Haifa; Senior Fellow at the US Institute of Peace
"This comprehensive work provides a wealth of detail and acute insights into the evolution of modern Iraq while remaining readable and clear in style and structure. It should prove indispensable for academics and students as well as for journalists and policy-makers seeking to understand the development of contemporary Iraq." --Bernard Reich, George Washington University
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Praise for Previous Editions: "This is a "tour de force" of the history of modern Iraq, probably the most turbulent history in the 20th century Middle East. . . . This is a highly intricate political, social and economic history, yet Marr's account remains fluent and lucid throughout. Reading the book is sheer pleasure also because it brings together profound understanding of the people and the land, filling many gaps in our knowledge and creating a rich tapestry that is rarely seen in contemporary historical literature." --Amatzia Baram, University of Haifa; Senior Fellow at the US Institute of Peace
"This comprehensive work provides a wealth of detail and acute insights into the evolution of modern Iraq while remaining readable and clear in style and structure. It should prove indispensable for academics and students as well as for journalists and policy-makers seeking to understand the development of contemporary Iraq." --Bernard Reich, George Washington University

Praise for the Third Edition: "I have been using Phebe Marr's "The Modern History of Iraq "in my upper-division undergraduate courses for years. The students have always enjoyed the book as a compendium of information and facilitator of discussion. It is detailed, yet not too pedantic, and it is readable without sacrificing academic integrity. Her third edition is most welcome, as the time elasped since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 has allowed for insight and interpretation into the events surrounding the invasion and its important aftermath. While there are many books on Iraq that have come out since 2003, none have the combination of coverage and recent and current events situated within the modern history of Iraq going back two centuries. One cannot begin to comprehend the Iraq of today without a thorough understanding of its historical context, and Marr's book expertly provides both." --David W. Lesch, Professor of Middle East History, Trinity University, author of "The

Praise for the Third Edition: "I have been using Phebe Marr's "The Modern History of Iraq "in my upper-division undergraduate courses for years. The students have always enjoyed the book as a compendium of information and facilitator of discussion. It is detailed, yet not too pedantic, and it is readable without sacrificing academic integrity. Her third edition is most welcome, as the time elasped since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 has allowed for insight and interpretation into the events surrounding the invasion and its important aftermath. While there are many books on Iraq that have come out since 2003, none have the combination of coverage and recent and current events situated within the modern history of Iraq going back two centuries. One cannot begin to comprehend the Iraq of today without a thorough understanding of its historical context, and Marr's book expertly provides both." --David W. Lesch, Professor of Middle East History, Trinity University, author of "The Middle East and the United States" "This book aims to present a 'clear, readable one-volume account of the emergence of modern Iraq and the forces that shaped it.' Marr (member of the Counsel on Foreign Relations and the Middle East Institute) accomplishes the formidable task with the best one-volume study of the subject in English....A very valuable, comprehensive, informative, balanced, objective study, with excellent bibliography, notes, and charts. Highly recommended." -"Choice" Praise for Previous Editions: "This is a "tour de force" of the history of modern Iraq, probably the most turbulent history in the 20th century Middle East. . . . This is a highly intricate political, social and economic history, yet Marr's account remains fluent and lucid throughout. Reading the book is sheer pleasure also because it brings together profound understanding of the people and the land, filling many gaps in our knowledge and creating a rich tapestry that is rarely seen in contemporary historical l

Praise for the Third Edition:
"I have been using Phebe Marr's "The Modern History of Iraq "in my upper-division undergraduate courses for years. The students have always enjoyed the book as a compendium of information and facilitator of discussion. It is detailed, yet not too pedantic, and it is readable without sacrificing academic integrity. Her third edition is most welcome, as the time elasped since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 has allowed for insight and interpretation into the events surrounding the invasion and its important aftermath. While there are many books on Iraq that have come out since 2003, none have the combination of coverage and recent and current events situated within the modern history of Iraq going back two centuries. One cannot begin to comprehend the Iraq of today without a thorough understanding of its historical context, and Marr's book expertly provides both."
--David W. Lesch, Professor of Middle East History, Trinity University, author of "The Middle East and the United States"

"This book aims to present a 'clear, readable one-volume account of the emergence of modern Iraq and the forces that shaped it.' Marr (member of the Counsel on Foreign Relations and the Middle East Institute) accomplishes the formidable task with the best one-volume study of the subject in English... A very valuable, comprehensive, informative, balanced, objective study, with excellent bibliography, notes, and charts. Highly recommended."
--"Choice"
Praise for Previous Editions:
"This is a "tour de force" of the history of modern Iraq, probably the most turbulent history in the 20th century Middle East... This is a highly intricate political, social and economic history, yet Marr's account remains fluent and lucid throughout. Reading the book is sheer pleasure also because it brings together profound understanding of the people and the land, filling many gaps in our knowledge and creating a rich tapestry that is rarely seen in contemporary historical literature."
--Amatzia Baram, University of Haifa; Senior Fellow at the US Institute of Peace
"This comprehensive work provides a wealth of detail and acute insights into the evolution of modern Iraq while remaining readable and clear in style and structure. It should prove indispensable for academics and students as well as for journalists and policy-makers seeking to understand the development of contemporary Iraq."
--Bernard Reich, George Washington University
""The Modern History of Iraq" is a solid work of historical research, well-written and extremely well-organized, rich in content and texture, compact, easy to read, and totally free of bias... a clear and readable one-volume account of the emergence of the new state and the forces that created it."
--"Jerusalem"" Post Magazine"
"The best one-volume work on Iraq in English, or in any other language of which I am aware... The comprehensive coverage of Iraq's economic and social history, as well as the political, will be welcome d by people interested in the Middle East, lay and specialist alike."
--"Middle East Journal"
"Marr has written an authoritative work that meets a great need: an up-to-date, readable, and comprehensive treatment of recent Iraqi history."
--AAPSS Annals
"The author has specialized in the study of Iraq for some years and this is evident in the authority of the scholarship that is presented here. Utilizing primary and secondary sources in Arabic and interviews with key personalities extending over some years, the analysis is sound and persuasive."
--"American Arab Affairs"
"A timely, comprehensive, and much-needed modern history of Iraq... Marr has accomplished an excellent blending of personal interviews, statistical data, and secondary sources. The book is a must for graduates students, undergraduates, and the general reader concerned with the development of insight and understanding of present-day Middle East problems."
--"Choice"
"(Marr) has thus produced a fine example of history at its best. In fact, this may well be the best book on modern Iraq now available... Moreover, Marr has written her book in a style easily accessible to students and nonspecialists. The more informed reader will benefit from the wealth of material brought together in one volume."
--Frank Tachau, University of Illinois, Chicago

Praise for the Third Edition:
I have been using Phebe Marr's "The Modern History of Iraq "in my upper-division undergraduate courses for years. The students have always enjoyed the book as a compendium of information and facilitator of discussion. It is detailed, yet not too pedantic, and it is readable without sacrificing academic integrity. Her third edition is most welcome, as the time elasped since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 has allowed for insight and interpretation into the events surrounding the invasion and its important aftermath. While there are many books on Iraq that have come out since 2003, none have the combination of coverage and recent and current events situated within the modern history of Iraq going back two centuries. One cannot begin to comprehend the Iraq of today without a thorough understanding of its historical context, and Marr's book expertly provides both.
David W. Lesch, Professor of Middle East History, Trinity University, author of "The Middle East and the United States"

This book aims to present a clear, readable one-volume account of the emergence of modern Iraq and the forces that shaped it. Marr (member of the Counsel on Foreign Relations and the Middle East Institute) accomplishes the formidable task with the best one-volume study of the subject in English A very valuable, comprehensive, informative, balanced, objective study, with excellent bibliography, notes, and charts. Highly recommended.
"Choice"
Praise for Previous Editions:
This is a "tour de force" of the history of modern Iraq, probably the most turbulent history in the 20th century Middle East This is a highly intricate political, social and economic history, yet Marr s account remains fluent and lucid throughout. Reading the book is sheer pleasure also because it brings together profound understanding of the people and the land, filling many gaps in our knowledge and creating a rich tapestry that is rarely seen in contemporary historical literature.
Amatzia Baram, University of Haifa; Senior Fellow at the US Institute of Peace
This comprehensive work provides a wealth of detail and acute insights into the evolution of modern Iraq while remaining readable and clear in style and structure. It should prove indispensable for academics and students as well as for journalists and policy-makers seeking to understand the development of contemporary Iraq.
Bernard Reich, George Washington University
"The Modern History of Iraq" is a solid work of historical research, well-written and extremely well-organized, rich in content and texture, compact, easy to read, and totally free of bias a clear and readable one-volume account of the emergence of the new state and the forces that created it.
"Jerusalem"" Post Magazine"
The best one-volume work on Iraq in English, or in any other language of which I am aware The comprehensive coverage of Iraq s economic and social history, as well as the political, will be welcome d by people interested in the Middle East, lay and specialist alike.
"Middle East Journal"
Marr has written an authoritative work that meets a great need: an up-to-date, readable, and comprehensive treatment of recent Iraqi history.
AAPSS Annals
The author has specialized in the study of Iraq for some years and this is evident in the authority of the scholarship that is presented here. Utilizing primary and secondary sources in Arabic and interviews with key personalities extending over some years, the analysis is sound and persuasive.
"American Arab Affairs"
A timely, comprehensive, and much-needed modern history of Iraq Marr has accomplished an excellent blending of personal interviews, statistical data, and secondary sources. The book is a must for graduates students, undergraduates, and the general reader concerned with the development of insight and understanding of present-day Middle East problems.
"Choice"
(Marr) has thus produced a fine example of history at its best. In fact, this may well be the best book on modern Iraq now available Moreover, Marr has written her book in a style easily accessible to students and nonspecialists. The more informed reader will benefit from the wealth of material brought together in one volume.
Frank Tachau, University of Illinois, Chicago"

Praise for the Third Edition:
I have been using Phebe Marr's The Modern History of Iraq in my upper-division undergraduate courses for years. The students have always enjoyed the book as a compendium of information and facilitator of discussion. It is detailed, yet not too pedantic, and it is readable without sacrificing academic integrity. Her third edition is most welcome, as the time elasped since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 has allowed for insight and interpretation into the events surrounding the invasion and its important aftermath. While there are many books on Iraq that have come out since 2003, none have the combination of coverage and recent and current events situated within the modern history of Iraq going back two centuries. One cannot begin to comprehend the Iraq of today without a thorough understanding of its historical context, and Marr's book expertly provides both.
David W. Lesch, Professor of Middle East History, Trinity University, author of The Middle East and the United States
"

This book aims to present a clear, readable one-volume account of the emergence of modern Iraq and the forces that shaped it.' Marr (member of the Counsel on Foreign Relations and the Middle East Institute) accomplishes the formidable task with the best one-volume study of the subject in English A very valuable, comprehensive, informative, balanced, objective study, with excellent bibliography, notes, and charts. Highly recommended.
Choice
Praise for Previous Editions:
This is a tour de force of the history of modern Iraq, probably the most turbulent history in the 20th century Middle East This is a highly intricate political, social and economic history, yet Marr's account remains fluent and lucid throughout. Reading the book is sheer pleasure also because it brings together profound understanding of the people and the land, filling many gaps in our knowledge and creating a rich tapestry that is rarely seen in contemporary historical literature.
Amatzia Baram, University of Haifa; Senior Fellow at the US Institute of Peace"

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