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But the lessons are obvious for the American invasion and subsequent nation-building effort in Iraq. The result reminds one of the statement by Marx, attributing to Hegel the statement that history repeats itself, first as tragedy then as farce. This book should be read in conjunction with several others, the totality of these sending a strong message that not even a superpower can fully anticipate and control events. Dodge's book is about the British Mandate over the newly created Iraqi state.

Toby Dodge of Britain's Warwick University―and author ofInventing Iraq, a superb recent book on the mandate―points out the ways in which coalition authorities today are making the same mistakes as the British did 80 years ago. (Michael Elliott Time Magazine). Dodge recognizes that much of what is happening in Iraq today is the result of past events, and thus less amenable to after-the-fact corrective action.

Toby Dodge wrote the book attempting to explain the ideology largely based upon stereotypes of the Ottoman Empire and . Inventing Iraq begins with an overview of how World War I changed the international system for colonial states like England.

Toby Dodge wrote the book attempting to explain the ideology largely based upon stereotypes of the Ottoman Empire and colonial territories that shaped British rule during the Mandate period from 1920-32. Those ideas mixed with budget constraints and fading interest in London combined to undermine the creation of the modern state the English wanted in Mesopotamia. Mosul province wasn’t seized until after the armistice).

Overall, this is a useful book for serious students of Iraq or Middle Eastern history. It may be too specialized for casual readers.

If we think there is a fast solution to changing the governance of Iraq, warned . Dodge offers a careful analysis of a British policy constrained by limited resources, limited political will, little on-the-ground knowledge, and a considerable load of baggage based either on other imperial experiences or a heady mix of Orientalist preconceptions and romanticism. Overall, this is a useful book for serious students of Iraq or Middle Eastern history.

Request PDF On Jan 1, 2005, Derick W. Brinkerhoff and others published Inventing Iraq: the failure of. .Since its inception in 1921 by Great Brittan, the new state of Iraq employed state apparatus to reengineer most aspect of Iraq"s tribal, ethnic and sectarian society.

Since its inception in 1921 by Great Brittan, the new state of Iraq employed state apparatus to reengineer most aspect of Iraq"s tribal, ethnic and sectarian society.

Please take this quick survey to tell us about what happens after you publish a paper. December 2004, Volume 45, Issue 4, pp 615–616 Cite as. Toby Dodge: Inventing Iraq - The failure of nation building and a history denied. London: Hurst 2003, 260 . € 23,50. Authors and affiliations. Besprechungen Vergleichende Politikforschung. First Online: 01 December 2004.

Toby Dodge is an English political scientist whose main area of interest lies in the Middle East. He completed a PhD on the transformation of international system in the aftermath of the First World War and the creation of the Iraqi state at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He also taught international relations and Middle Eastern politics in the Department of Political Studies at SOAS for four years

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In Inventing Iraq, Toby Dodge examines the British attempt from 1914 to 1932 to create Iraq as a modern state. Prior to World War I, the territory that became Iraq was part of the Ottoman Empire

In Inventing Iraq, Toby Dodge examines the British attempt from 1914 to 1932 to create Iraq as a modern state. Prior to World War I, the territory that became Iraq was part of the Ottoman Empire. Britain invaded the area south of Basra in October 1914 and by 1918 had conquered most of the area that is now Iraq. In the tangled wartime diplomacy that divided the Ottoman Empire among the European allies, Britain claimed Iraq. After the war, the situation that had supported European imperialism no longer existed.

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He has acted as a consultant on Iraq for ABC News and has written for the Guardian.

If we think there is a fast solution to changing the governance of Iraq, warned U.S. Marine General Anthony Zinni in the months before the United States and Britain invaded Iraq, "then we don't understand history." Never has the old line about those who fail to understand the past being condemned to repeat it seemed more urgently relevant than in Iraq today, with potentially catastrophic consequences for the Iraqi people, the Middle East region, and the world. Examining the construction of the modern state of Iraq under the auspices of the British empire―the first attempt by a Western power to remake Mesopotamia in its own image―renowned Iraq expert Toby Dodge uncovers a series of shocking parallels between the policies of a declining British empire and those of the current American administration.Between 1920 and 1932, Britain endeavored unsuccessfully to create a modern democratic state from three former provinces of the Ottoman Empire, which it had conquered and occupied during the First World War. Caught between the conflicting imperatives of controlling a region of great strategic importance (Iraq straddled the land and air route between British India and the Mediterranean) and reconstituting international order through the liberal ideal of modern state sovereignty under the League of Nations Mandate system, British administrators undertook an extremely difficult task. To compound matters, they did so without the benefit of detailed information about the people and society they sought to remake. Blinded by potent cultural stereotypes and subject to mounting pressures from home, these administrators found themselves increasingly dependent on a mediating class of shaikhs to whom they transferred considerable power and on whom they relied for the maintenance of order. When order broke down, as it routinely did, the British turned to the airplane. (This was Winston Churchill's lasting contribution to the British enterprise in Iraq: the concerted use of air power―of what would in a later context be called "shock and awe"―to terrorize and subdue dissident factions of the Iraqi people.)Ultimately, Dodge shows, the state the British created held all the seeds of a violent, corrupt, and relentlessly oppressive future for the Iraqi people, one that has continued to unfold. Like the British empire eight decades before, the United States and Britain have taken upon themselves today the grand task of transforming Iraq and, by extension, the political landscape of the Middle East. Dodge contends that this effort can succeed only with a combination of experienced local knowledge, significant deployment of financial and human resources, and resolute staying power. Already, he suggests, ominous signs point to a repetition of the sequence of events that led to the long nightmare of Saddam Hussein's murderous tyranny.

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It is difficult to understand how anyone can really understand the enigmas and contradictions of 21st Century Iraq with out understanding its 20th Century origins. This remarkable book, successfully for the most part, attempts to provide that understanding.

The Turkish Ottoman Empire essentially imploded at the end of WWI. For strategic reasons the UK was particularly interested in retaining control the former Ottoman provinces of Mesopotamia (most of modern Iraq). This aim was complicated by the heady if unrealistic idealism of U.S. President Woodrow Wilson that greatly influenced the way the world was ordered after the "war to end all wars." Rather than simply establishing a colonial government over Mesopotamia, the UK was given a League of Nations `mandate' to exercise what is now called `nation building' and create a viable, democratic, and above all, a stable state called Iraq in place of the Ottoman province of Mesopotamia.

This the UK was perfectly willing to do as long it could also ensure that its influence would predominate in the new state. The principal British architects for the new state of Iraq were soldiers and administrators under the India Office or the Colonial Office. Their efforts were hampered by serious misunderstandings of Iraqi society that caused them to divide Iraq between what they believed were a `natural', rural tribal society and a more sophisticated, but corrupt urban population. This misunderstanding caused UK officials to attempt to resurrect a tribal structure that was an anachronism by the end of the 19th Century. Tribal ties were far less important than those of landowner, clan, and village. In the end the UK execution of the mandate produced a dubiously stable monarchy that was not necessarily sympathetic to British interests. In spite what generally were good intentions, the UK only partially succeeded in carrying out its Iraqi mandate. This was do to two reasons: scarcity of funds to maintain the size of garrison to really exert UK control over Iraq in its formative period; and the failure of the UK to really understand the nature of the Iraqi people or the very real nationalism that had been awakened in them after the fall of the Ottoman Empire. This book to its credit manages to treat both the British and Iraqis with fairness and appears to have accurately captured the complexities of nation building.
Butius
Toby Dodge, a British political scientist who has studied Iraq extensively, has produced this book in order to educate others about one role that an occupying power has taken, 1920's Iraq via London, or 2003 Iraq via Washington.

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Toby Dodge, a British political scientist who has studied Iraq extensively, has produced this book in order to educate others about one role that an occupying power has taken 1920 Iraq via London, or 2003 Iraq via Washington.

In 1920, The British officials in charge f Iraq imported many British ideas on Iraq. For example, the was, a colonialist disregard for urban Iraqis opposed to urban dwellers. This had largely to due to political feelings in Europe at that time. However, additionally, Iraq became a more difficult issue for the UK because of domestic issues. These issues includes, political, mainly economic, and other issues. But in both instances domestic politics played a part in the ultimate rule.
gely to due to political feelings in Europe at that time. However, additionally, Iraq became a mere difficult issue for the UK because of domestic issues. These issues includes, political, mainly economic, and other issues. But in both instances domestic politics played a part in the ultimate rule.
TheFresh
This book is a must read for all. The book speaks volumes about a whole lot. This book proves the old saying history repeats itself. I know nowadays history isn't popular. That subject has been pushed aside for other things. This book shows the danger in that idea. We need to know history so as to hopefully understand the present and avoid disasters.

The book gives a short history of the British occupation of Iraq in the 20s. As you read that story you have to keep telling yourself this book isn't about the current US occupation. The book shows through the British experience how history repeats itself. To bad no one in the White House read this book. You will see that the issues and problems the British experienced are the exact same problems the U.S. has been experiencing over the past 5 years in Iraq.

Much of Iraq today is shaped by the British experience. To understand Iraq one has to understand the British experience. Their actions helped shape events today.This book also offers a good deep explanation of Iraq. It shows how their national bonds are very weak. You see how certain things like the transportation and tribal structure affects things.

Everyone will see something in this book. Most of all you will see in very clear terms how history does repeat itself.
Inventing Iraq: The Failure of Nation Building and a History Denied download epub
Humanities
Author: Toby Dodge
ISBN: 0231131674
Category: Other
Subcategory: Humanities
Language: English
Publisher: Columbia University Press (September 14, 2005)
Pages: 288 pages