HIST412 - IRAQ AND THE IRAQ WARS: FROM SADDAM TO ISIS

Description: 
This class covers the almost constant string of wars in Iraq over the past four decades. In addition to discussing the specifics of each war, the course focuses on deeper debates, such as whether Iraq was created in a manner that has made it particularly war-prone. Students will also contemplate the consequences of the wars for Iraqi society and on state-society relations. Although, Iraq was at the center of global politics for decades, the closed nature of Saddam’s rule and then the intense violence that followed its demise made it an extremely difficult state to study. Over the past few years, a dramatic reversal has occurred. The internal and most secretive files of Saddam’s regime have been made public. Furthermore, the centrality of Saddam’s Iraq to American foreign policy has meant that the U.S. government paid close attention to Iraq and produced numerous classified reports on it. Many of these reports are slowly but steadily being released to the public. Consequently, sources for studying Saddam’s Iraq are more abundant than any other modern Arab state. This course will introduce students to the wide range of sources that are now available on Iraq and the Iraq Wars as well as some of the cutting-edge scholarship which they have produced.
Instructors: 
HELFONT, SAMUEL
Day and Time: 
M 0430PM-0730PM
Room: 

GODDARD LAB 102

Activity: 
LEC
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