The Iraq War

Origins and Consequences


James DeFronzo

First Edition • August 1, 2009 • 336 pages


Print ISBN: 9780813343914 • $40.00 USD$58.99 CAN

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Exploring the key historical, political, and social underpinnings, James DeFronzo analyzes the impact of this defining war in the Middle East. The Iraq War explains the compelling and interrelated sociological and political forces that led to war, accounting for important aspects of the occupation, the development of the resistance, and the conflict’s influence on other nations. Beyond a systematic study of the invasion, occupation, and the future of the U.S.–Iraq relationship, DeFronzo also covers the early history of Iraq, the British mandate, the antimonarchy revolution, and the influence of the Saddam Hussein regime and its wars—the Iran–Iraq War, the invasion of Kuwait, and the Persian Gulf War. The Iraq War provides a probing analysis of the underlying factors that devastated Iraq, shook the American political system, and helped shape political developments around the world.

James DeFronzo is emeritus faculty of sociology at the University of Connecticut. His books include Revolutions and Revolutionary Movements (Westview Press, 2007) and the award-winning three-volume encyclopedia Revolutionary Movements in World History (2006), and he is the author of numerous articles on criminology, social policy related to crime, political sociology, and revolutionary movements.

1. Culture and History of Iraq: Ancient Mesopotamia to the British Mandate
2. From the British Mandate to the 1958 Revolution
3. The Iraq Revolution, Post-Monarchy Political Conflict and the Establishment of the Baathist Regime
4. Saddam Hussein, the Iranian Revolution and the Iran–Iraq War
5. The Invasion of Kuwait and the 1991 Persian Gulf War
6. The Iraq War: Causes, Invasion, and Post-Invasion Policies
7. Iraq in the Context of Previous US Interventions and the Vietnam War
8. Post-Invasion Iraq: Occupation and Reaction; Government and Economy; Insurgency
9. Counterinsurgency and U.S.Corporate Presence
10. Impacts of the Iraq War

“A rather courageous analysis of the issues surrounding the Iraq war. It is quite thorough in its coverage of Islam, unique in its assessment of the establishment of the State of Israel and careful in its description of the disparate elements undermining nation-building in Iraq. Courses on Islam, American foreign policy or more generally peace studies would benefit from this progressive study.”
—Peter N. Kirstein, Saint Xavier University

“Compared with the books written on Iraq by embedded reporters and scholars in recent years, DeFronzo’s book stands out as distinctive on various levels. It is thorough and comprehensive in weaving the historical narrative that led to the invasion as well as highly analytical in its examination of the invasion and subsequent occupation. DeFronzo delves deeply into the hidden causes of the invasion cleverly camouflaged by the Bush administration. The Iraq War is well-written, well-researched and well-presented; it is a must read for the student and specialist as well as the general public.”
—Ayad Al-Qazzaz, California State University, Sacramento

The Iraq War is a useful survey of the causes and consequences of the current turmoil in Iraq. By emphasizing the internal dynamics of Iraqi politics and society over the course of the twentieth century, DeFronzo provides students with a broader context for understanding the present and possible futures of Iraq.”
—John Russell, University of Oregon

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