Forming minorities in five adjacent countries for 74 years, Kurds have been fighting for independence or autonomy, against governments reluctant to accede either. The Kurdish saga is one of periodic insurrections, partial victories, misfortunes, defeats, betrayal, national repression, clashing personalities, changing allegiances and an unusual mixture of heroism and expendiency. Kurds used governments, and governments used Kurds. A good insight is given into both political and military aspects of the struggle, and of the motives and machinations of major personalities involved.
List of Maps - Preface - Acknowledgements - List of Abbreviations - Chronology - The Kurds: Approximate Numbers and Locations - The Kurds - The Kurds Divided - The Kurdish Republic of Mahabadi 1946 - Kurdish Repression: 1950-60 - The Kurdish Revolt in Iraq: 1961-62 - Second and Third Offensives in Iraq: 1963-65 - More Iraqi Offensives: 1966-75 - Regional Events: 1976-80 - The Iran-Iraq War - Kurdish Resistance in Turkey - Between Wars: 1988-90 - Kurdish Safe Havens: 1991-92 - The Turkish Problem - A Turning Point: 1994 - Bibliography -Index