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Iraq and Gertrude Bell's the Arab of Mesopotamia

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Beschreibung

Beschreibung

To understand contemporary Iraq and the ongoing crisis in the Middle East, no book provides a surer guide or more unsettling experience, written as it was for another war, another army, and another time. Gertrude Bell for a fleeting moment was the optimistic progenitor of the Iraq that today is becoming unglued.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Introduction to the Lexington Edition Chapter 3 The Arab of Mesopotamia

Portrait

Paul J. Rich is president of the Policy Studies Organization in Washington, D.C., a society of more than 3,000 universities and institutions, and a Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was the head of Supervisory Programs for the Ministry of Education and Culture in Qatar for twelve years. Dr. Rich is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, recipient of the Cameron Medal for social science research, and Life Governor of Harris Manchester College in the University of Oxford.

Pressestimmen

Although these fascinating essays by a woman who played a key role in British empire-building in Mesopotamia were written in 1916 and 1917, their republication nearly a century later is remarkably timely, as Paul Rich shows in his introduction to the volume. In many ways, Bell might seem to be writing about the Bush administration's imperial misadventure at the beginning of the 21st century, when self-proclaimed liberators, like those who preceded them, soon found that they too were occupiers facing violent resistance. We see how little those living today learned from the past and how, at least in this case, history is being reenacted?in Marx's words?as farce... -- Glenn E. Perry, professor of political science at Indiana State University Bell's work is an important historical document and a work that deserves attention today...Rich has offered readers an important document and provided a passionate appeal in his introduction to it. Digest Of Middle East Studies, Spring 2009 Gertrude Bell, the British maker of Iraq, appreciated what was then Mesopotamia and the danger of military confrontation in that divided country. Her book and the introduction by Paul Rich should be a required reading for occupiers of present day Iraq and the policy makers in Washington and London. -- Mohammed M. Aman, editor-in-chief, Digest of Middle East Studies Although these fascinating essays by a woman who played a key role in British empire-building in Mesopotamia were written in 1916 and 1917, their republication nearly a century later is remarkably timely, as Paul Rich shows in his introduction to the volume. In many ways, Bell might seem to be writing about the Bush administration's imperial misadventure at the beginning of the 21st century, when self-proclaimed liberators, like those who preceded them, soon found that they too were occupiers facing violent resistance. We see how little those living today learned from the past and how, at least in this case, history is being reenacted-in Marx's words-as farce. -- Glenn E. Perry, professor of political science at Indiana State University
EAN: 9780739125618
ISBN: 0739125613
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: LEXINGTON BOOKS
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2008
Seitenanzahl: 208 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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