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Praise for the Third Edition:

“I have been using Phebe Marr's The Modern History of Iraq in my upper-division undergraduate courses for years. The students have always enjoyed the book as a compendium of information and facilitator of discussion. It is detailed, yet not too pedantic, and it is readable without sacrificing academic integrity. Her third edition is most welcome, as the time elasped since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 has allowed for insight and interpretation into the events surrounding the invasion and its important aftermath. While there are many books on Iraq that have come out since 2003, none have the combination of coverage and recent and current events situated within the modern history of Iraq going back two centuries. One cannot begin to comprehend the Iraq of today without a thorough understanding of its historical context, and Marr's book expertly provides both.”
David W. Lesch, Professor of Middle East History, Trinity University, author of The Middle East and the United States


“This book aims to present a ‘clear, readable one-volume account of the emergence of modern Iraq and the forces that shaped it.’ Marr (member of the Counsel on Foreign Relations and the Middle East Institute) accomplishes the formidable task with the best one-volume study of the subject in English… A very valuable, comprehensive, informative, balanced, objective study, with excellent bibliography, notes, and charts. Highly recommended.”
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Praise for Previous Editions:

“This is a tour de force of the history of modern Iraq, probably the most turbulent history in the 20th century Middle East… This is a highly intricate political, social and economic history, yet Marr’s account remains fluent and lucid throughout. Reading the book is sheer pleasure also because it brings together profound understanding of the people and the land, filling many gaps in our knowledge and creating a rich tapestry that is rarely seen in contemporary historical literature.”
Amatzia Baram, University of Haifa; Senior Fellow at the US Institute of Peace

“This comprehensive work provides a wealth of detail and acute insights into the evolution of modern Iraq while remaining readable and clear in style and structure. It should prove indispensable for academics and students as well as for journalists and policy-makers seeking to understand the development of contemporary Iraq.”
Bernard Reich, George Washington University

The Modern History of Iraq is a solid work of historical research, well-written and extremely well-organized, rich in content and texture, compact, easy to read, and totally free of bias… a clear and readable one-volume account of the emergence of the new state and the forces that created it.”
Jerusalem Post Magazine

“The best one-volume work on Iraq in English, or in any other language of which I am aware… The comprehensive coverage of Iraq’s economic and social history, as well as the political, will be welcome d by people interested in the Middle East, lay and specialist alike.”
Middle East Journal

“Marr has written an authoritative work that meets a great need: an up-to-date, readable, and comprehensive treatment of recent Iraqi history.”
AAPSS Annals

“The author has specialized in the study of Iraq for some years and this is evident in the authority of the scholarship that is presented here. Utilizing primary and secondary sources in Arabic and interviews with key personalities extending over some years, the analysis is sound and persuasive.”
American Arab Affairs

“A timely, comprehensive, and much-needed modern history of Iraq… Marr has accomplished an excellent blending of personal interviews, statistical data, and secondary sources. The book is a must for graduates students, undergraduates, and the general reader concerned with the development of insight and understanding of present-day Middle East problems.”
Choice

“(Marr) has thus produced a fine example of history at its best. In fact, this may well be the best book on modern Iraq now available… Moreover, Marr has written her book in a style easily accessible to students and nonspecialists. The more informed reader will benefit from the wealth of material brought together in one volume.”
Frank Tachau, University of Illinois, Chicago

Synopsis

The second edition of a highly respected history of Iraq, which covers the period from the construction of the modern state in 1920 through today.. Written for lay readers and students of the Middle East, The Modern History of Iraq , places in historical perspective the multiple crises and upheavals that afflict contemporary Iraq. The book focuses on several important themes: the search for national identity in a multi-ethnic, multi-religious state; the struggle to achieve economic development and modernity in a traditional society; and the political dynamics that have led to the current dire situation in Iraq. While much remains opaque about contemporary Iraq because of its closed political system, Marr has used published sources in Arabic and English, personal interviews, and frequent visits to Iraq to produce a remarkably lucid and readable account of the emergence of contemporary Iraq and the forces that have shaped it. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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Modern Iraq 29. Januar 2007
Von Lee L. - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
At a time when Iraq seems more violent, unstable, and unpredictable than ever, it is vital to know how things came to be this way. Marr's History of Modern Iraq is a good place to start.

After a chapter covering the various ethnic groups insdie Iraq, Marr begins her book during the time period of the British mandate and continues through to 2003. Each major era of modern Iraq is covered in its own chapter, some of which include rule by Qasim, rule by the Arif brothers, and also the various incarnations of the Baath party.

When discussing each of these time periods, Marr discusses ethnic tensions, social and economic issues, as well as foreign policy. Each chapter serves as a mini crash course on that particular part of Iraqi history. What makes her book particularly valuable is that she is able to link what happened during the chapter in question to the overall direction that Iraq took. With so many drastic and sometimes violent transfers of power, it would be easy to assume that Iraq was in a sense starting over with each new regime. Marr demonstrates that every era was in many ways a logical progression of what came before it.

Marr states in her preface that the book is not to be an exhaustive and detailed history of modern Iraq, but that it's supposed to be a clear and readable one-volume account of the forces that shaped modern Iraq. In that goal she largely succeeds with the exception of the period following the 1990-91 Gulf War. There were many extremely important events shaping Iraq during this period that she either leaves out completely or barely mentions. Since this is the time period that leads directly into what's happening in Iraq now, the more detailed the coverage of this era, the better. Dilip Hiro's Neighbors, Not Friends, and Sarah Graham Brown's Sanctioning Saddam provide the best accounts of this time period.

Nonetheless, Marr's book is excellent and certainly more accessible than other Iraqi history books in the field. Marr's presentation and organization have produced a fantastic book that many will surely look to when attempting to understand what's happening in Iraq today.
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Ok but worse than the competition 25. Mai 2008
Von David Judd - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
There are two standard histories of modern Iraq, Marr's book and Charles Tripp's A History of Iraq, which cover very similar ground.

Neither is perfect. Neither is great on the role of outside powers, particularly the United States, nor does either make sufficient use of the kind of economic and social analysis found in Hanna Batatu's classic The Old Social Classes & The Revolutionary Movement In Iraq and Samira Haj's more recent The Making of Iraq, 1900-1963: Capital, Power, and Ideology.

However, Tripp's book is, in my view, slightly but significantly better. It's more readable, has a clearer narrative flow, and tends to be more careful in its interpretative claims. For someone looking for an introduction to the modern history of Iraq, there's nothing too wrong with Marr's book, but I recommend Tripp's book instead.
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History book that reads like a novel 10. November 2007
Von Charles Kyle - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Modern History of Iraq, a history book, is very good read because it focuses and combines our misunderstanding of the Iraqi people, fills in our information and knowledge gap without the normal drab history textbook feel.

The book focuses on several important themes: the search for national identity in a multi-ethnic, multi-religious state; the struggle to achieve economic development and modernity in a traditional society; and the political dynamics that have led to the current dire situation in Iraq.

Marr begins with a chapter discussing the various ethnic groups within Iraq. Following this she begins a historical trip from the British mandate through 2003. Each major coup, change of power, is covered extensively in it's own chapter giving the read a full understanding not only of the events but the conditions that cased change.

Dr. Phebe Marr has published several books on the Middle East, including contributing to The Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa, Fourth Edition, edited by David Long and Bernard Reich (Westview Press 2002). Academically and politically, she has worked with the editorial board for the Middle East Journal, a Senior Fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University (1985-1997), the Woodrow Wilson Center Fellowship and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is a leading specialist on Iraq and its domestic politics and foreign policy.

Since Iraq can only dates its history as a nation to the British Mandate in 1921, "Modern History of Iraq" captures the essence of the development of a country in the 20th century. This book lays out the facts and is not the author's opinion of what should or should not have occurred, this is very important because it gives the reader the ability to form their own analysis. The only opinion that the author provides is that of the future of Iraq, in which most would agree, is "uncertain."

Marr's book is excellent and a much easier read then Iraqi history books by Tripp and Sluglett. This is a great reference book for anyone studying or deploying to Iraq.

The Modern History of Iraq
Outstanding Analysis of Each Phase of Iraq's History 23. Dezember 2007
Von Joseph F. Birchmeier - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
Overall, I thought that this was an outstanding book. The author does an excellent job of looking at each phase of Iraq's history, but not only providing the facts - but providing details on how and why decisions were made by Iraq's leaders and the consequences of these decisions. I think the author also does an outstanding job of discussing the events and impacts on the various regions (specifically the Shia South and the Kurdish North) within Iraq and explaining the role that international relations played in Iraq's history. Outstanding charts and data are also included in the book that are very helpful and illuminating. Overall, I highly recommend this book, my only caution is that I found the writing style a little dry, but I am very glad that I read the book.
No sense of todays problems 2. Juni 2014
Von Jose Aguilar - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
Good on understanding the past history of Iraq, but no real feeling of the state of todays problems. Need more reality.
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