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Understanding Iraq

Polk, William R.

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ISBN 10: 0060764686 / ISBN 13: 9780060764685
Published by Harper Collins, New York, 2005
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The author is a Middle East expert, academician, government official and scholar. 221 pp. As good a brief but comprehensive compendium of Iraqi history as you will find. An UNREAD copy in AS NEW condition. Bookseller Inventory # 050449

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Title: Understanding Iraq

Publisher: Harper Collins, New York

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: First Edition

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Iraq will continue to be a major issue and involvement for the United States into the foreseeable future says William R. Polk, former member of the State Department's Policy Planning Council and professor of Middle Eastern history at the University of Chicago. Iraq sits on the world's largest supply of oil, and with the world's energy requirements continuously rising, Iraq will play an ongoing role in the global economy and the political environment throughout the Gulf region and the Middle East.

Polk's concise, authoritative overview of Iraq's history shows how the pattern of outside intervention was established first by the Ottoman Turks and the Persian Safavids and later by England, Russia, and Germany. After World War I came British rule, followed by a brief and uneasy period of independence that sparked Iraqi nationalism, leading Saddam Husain to power with American military and financial aid and covert CIA involvement. The Iraq-Iran War and the invasion of Kuwait was followed by the Gulf War, the sanctions period, and the Bush administration's decision to invade. Finally, there is the American occupation and the challenges, opportunities, and options that Iraqis and Americans face now and in the future.

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William R. Polk taught Middle Eastern history and politics and Arabic at Harvard until 1961, when he became a member of the Policy Planning Council of the U.S. Department of State. In 1965, he became Professor of History at the University of Chicago, where he established the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. His many books include The Birth of America and Understanding Iraq.

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