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Table of Contents

Introduction: Artificiality, Identity, Dictatorship, and State-Building

Chapter 1: Legacies of Civilizations and Empires

Chapter 2: State Formation, Monarchy, and Mandate, 1918-1932

Chapter 3: Conceptualizing Iraqi Society

Chapter 4: From Authoritarian to Totalitarian State, 1933-1979

Chapter 5: Iraq at War, 1979-1989

Chapter 6: The Pariah State, 1989-2003

Chapter 7: Regime Change, 2003-

Chapter 8: From the Brink, to the Brink

Chapter 9: The Disintegration of Iraq

Chapter 10: The Rise of the Islamic State


About the Author

Gareth Stansfield is Al-Qasimi Professor of Arab Gulf Studies at the University of Exeter and a Senior Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), London. He is also a Global Fellow of the Wilson Center, Washington DC


AGareth StansfieldAs Iraq is a unique piece of research, meticulous, profound and, more importantly, timely and cool. Such multidimensional examination from objective scholars is a must.A
Faleh A. Jabar, Iraq Institute for Strategic Studies

AAn essential reference, providing the most up-to-date account of the political history of Iraq from Saddam HusseinAs dictatorship to the emergence of ISIS. An outstanding analysis of contemporary Iraq and the forces leading to its fragmentation.A
Eugene Rogan, Oxford University, and author of The Arabs: A History and The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East

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