Memories of State

Politics, History, and Collective Identity in Modern Iraq
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9780520936669
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Ebook
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397
Autor:
Eric Davis
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PDF
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Sprache:
Englisch
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Despite being securely entrenched in power and having suppressed all political opposition, the Ba'thist regime that ruled Iraq from 1968 to 2003 still felt the need to engage in a massive rewriting of the nation's history and cultural heritage—in both its high and popular forms. As this book makes clear, the regime's effort to restructure understandings of the past was an attempt to expunge a powerful tendency in the Iraqi nationalist movement that advocated cultural pluralism, political participation, and social justice. Based on interviews with Iraqi intellectuals under the regime of Saddam Husayn, and with Iraqi expatriates and on publications from Iraq both before and during Ba'thist rule, Memories of State is an eye-opening look at one of the most important and misunderstood countries in the Middle East. This timely study also asks what the possibilities are for promoting civil society and a transition to democratic rule in post-Ba'thist Iraq.
Despite being securely entrenched in power and having suppressed all political opposition, the Ba'thist regime that ruled Iraq from 1968 to 2003 still felt the need to engage in a massive rewriting of the nation's history and cultural heritage—in both its high and popular forms. As this book makes clear, the regime's effort to restructure understandings of the past was an attempt to expunge a powerful tendency in the Iraqi nationalist movement that advocated cultural pluralism, political participation, and social justice. Based on interviews with Iraqi intellectuals under the regime of Saddam Husayn, and with Iraqi expatriates and on publications from Iraq both before and during Ba'thist rule, Memories of State is an eye-opening look at one of the most important and misunderstood countries in the Middle East. This timely study also asks what the possibilities are for promoting civil society and a transition to democratic rule in post-Ba'thist Iraq.
List of IllustrationsPreface1. Introduction2. The Formation of the Iraqi Intelligentsia and Modern Historical Memory3. Nationalism, Memory, and the Decline of the Monarchical State4. Memory, the Intelligentsia, and the Antinomies of Civil Society, 1945–19585. The Crucible: The July 1958 Revolution and the Struggle over Historical Memory6. Memories of State Ascendant, 1968–19797. Memories of State in Decline, 1979–19908. Memories of State and the Arts of Resistance9. Memories of State or Memories of the People? Iraq Following the Gulf War10. ConclusionAppendix: Charter 91NotesGlossaryBibliographyIndex

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