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A Modern History of the Kurds - David McDowall

A Modern History of the Kurds

Paperback Published: 24th October 2003
ISBN: 9781850434160
Number Of Pages: 536

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The division of the Kurdish people among four modern nation states--Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Iran--and their struggle for national rights have been constant themes of recent Middle East history. The Kurdish lands have been contested territory for many centuries. In this detailed history of the Kurds from the 19th century to the present day, McDowall examines the interplay of old and new aspects of the struggle, the importance of local rivalries within Kurdish society, the enduring authority of certain forms of leadership and the failure of modern states to respond to the challenge of Kurdish nationalism. Drawing extensively on primary sources McDowall's book is useful for all who want a better understanding of the underlying dynamics of the Kurdish question.

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'... the best single narrative history of the Kurds ... it certainly belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in the Middle East.' - Washington Post Book World

Mapsp. vii
Sourcesp. viii
Acknowledgementp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Introduction: Kurdish Identity and Social Formationp. 1
The Kurds in the Age of Tribe and Empire
Kurdistan before the Nineteenth Centuryp. 21
Ottoman Kurdistan, 1800-1850p. 38
Ottoman Kurdistan, 1850-1914p. 49
The Qajars and the Kurdsp. 66
Revolution, Nationalism and War, 1908-1918p. 87
Incorporating the Kurds
Redrawing the Map: The Partition of Ottoman Kurdistanp. 115
The Kurds, Britain and Iraqp. 151
Incorporating Turkey's Kurdsp. 184
The Kurds under Reza Shahp. 214
Ethno-nationalism in Iran
Tribe or Ethnicity? The Mahabad Republicp. 231
Iran: Creating a National Movementp. 249
Subjects of the Shi'i Republicp. 261
Ethno-nationalism in Iraq
The Birth of a Nationalist Movement under Hashimite Rulep. 287
The Kurds in Revolutionary Iraqp. 302
The Kurds under the Baath, 1968-1975p. 323
The Road to Genocide, 1975-1988p. 343
Uprising and Self-rulep. 368
Ethno-nationalism in Turkey
The Kurdish National Revival in Turkey, 1946-1979p. 397
The PKK and the Mass Movementp. 420
The Kurds in Exile: building the nationp. 455
Afterwordp. 462
The Treaty of Sevresp. 464
The Kurds of Syriap. 466
The Kurds of Lebanonp. 485
The Kurds of the Caucasusp. 490
Indexp. 495
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ISBN: 9781850434160
ISBN-10: 1850434166
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 536
Published: 24th October 2003
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.06 x 15.65  x 4.09
Weight (kg): 0.82
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: New edition

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