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This comprehensive work examines the complex transformation of the Iraqi Communist Party from vanguard actor under Iraq's conservative monarchy to rearguard lackey under US occupation. Born in the interlude between two world wars, the Communist Party of Iraq was fostered by Iraq's embryonic intelligentsia as an approach to national liberation during the period of British domination. Driven underground or into exile by successive waves of Baathist repression beginning in 1963, the party's leadership became progressively dependent on and subservient to the Soviet Union. Dissatisfied with the party's irrelevance to Iraq's sociopolitical dynamics, reform efforts were thwarted by the old-guard leadership, and in the mid-1970s the party fragmented. With the fall of the Hussein regime and the US occupation of Iraq in 2003, the remnants of the party's old guard connected with the US-installed government and became part of the US project in Iraq.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521873949
ISBN-10: 0521873940
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 24mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 15-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Tareq Y. Ismael

Tareq Y. Ismael is Professor of Political Science at the University of Calgary, Canada. He also serves as President of the International Centre for Contemporary Middle Eastern Studies and as the co-editor of the International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies. Additionally, he is an author and editor of numerous books on Iraq and the Middle East, including Middle East Politics Today: Government and Civil Society (2001); Iraq: The Human Cost of History, with William H. Haddad (2003); The Iraqi Predicament: People in the Quagmire of Power Politics, with Jacqueline S. Ismael (2004); and The Communist Movement in the Arab World (2005).

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