Understanding Iraq Paperback – 28 Oct 2005
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In just over 200 pages Polk gives us a rapid tour of Iraq's
history. -John Gava
-- Law Society Journal
About the Author
William Polk taught Middle Eastern history and politics at Harvard until 1961, when he joined the State Department. In 1965 he left the State Departmet to become Professor of History and Founding Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago. He is a founding director of the Middle Eastern Studies Association.
Top customer reviews
Moving through the book to more modern times I found that in some instances the author was just wrong in his conclusions. For example he quotes the French being "outraged" at having Mosul being part of the British mandate. He should have known that Clemenceau agreed amicably with Loyd George the transfer in private before the Paris conference. He asserts also that Britain "precipitated" the war with the Ottoman empire by occupying Basra. He should know this too. The Ottoman empire declared war on 28th Oct. 1914 Britian occupied Basra Nov. 1914.
The author is however on much better ground when he got to considering Iraq, Kuwait and later events and in this regard the relevent chapters were informative and interesting.
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