Meiselas assembled an array of historic material creating a collective memory and a vital archive from scattered fragments: An extraordinairy sourcebook. Commentary by Martin van Bruinessen.
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Dismantled in the aftermath of World War I, Kurdistan is little more than a lingering memory among millions of living Kurds, against whom are pitted the governments of Syria, Turkey, Iran, and Iraq. Susan Meiselas gathers historical documents, maps, charts, and photographs that document the changing fortunes of the Kurdish people in the 20th century; anthropologist Martin Van Bruinessen provides ethnographic commentary on this mountain tribe's way of life. Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History helps bring the memory of Kurdistan and the reality of the present situation to the attention of readers unfamiliar with the region.From Library Journal:
At first glance, this history of the Kurds appears to be another coffee-table collection of stunning photographs. But award-winning documentary photographer Meiselas (Carnival Strippers, 1976; Nicaragua, 1981) has created much more than that in this in-depth documentary of the Kurds' struggle for survival and independence over the past 125 years. Chronologically arranged, each chapter begins with a concise historical overview by anthropologist Martin van Bruinessen, who has published extensively on the Kurds. The body of each of the six chapters consists of primary source information from oral histories, diaries, letters, newspapers, memoirs, British and American government documents, and telegrams, all juxtaposed with remarkable photographs. A glossary and short biographies are included. Meiselas has developed a web site (www.akaKURDISTAN.com) as an extension of the book. Although a number of books on Kurdish history have been published recently (e.g., David McDowall's Modern History of the Kurds, LJ 1/96; and Gerard Challiand's People Without a Country; LJ 6/15/93), this volume uniquely combines images and varied textual elements. Recommended for specialized Middle East collections and larger public libraries.?Ruth K. Baacke, Whatcom Cty. Lib. Sys., Bellingham, Wash.
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Book Description Random House, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110679423893