(BOOK) Ë The Old Social Classes & The Revolutionary Movement In Iraq: A Study of Iraq's Old Landed and Commercial Classes and of its Communists, Ba'thists and Free Officers ⚤ eBook or E-pub free

Hanna Batatu s massive history The Old Social Classes and the Revolutionary Movements of Iraq offers a detailed account of the social forces that shaped political configurations in Iraq from nineteenth century under Ottoman rule until 1977 His book consists of three sections The first section discusses the transformation of the old social classes from an enfeebled class under Ottoman rule to an influential clique that preserved its interests at the center in collaboration with the ex Sharifian Hanna Batatu s massive history The Old Social Classes and the Revolutionary Movements of Iraq offers a detailed account of the social forces that shaped political configurations in Iraq from nineteenth century under Ottoman rule until 1977 His book consists of three sections The first section discusses the transformation of the old social classes from an enfeebled class under Ottoman rule to an influential clique that preserved its interests at the center in collaboration with the ex Sharifian officers and the Hashemite royal family 1920 1958 Batatu traces this development to the land policies that the British implemented during the mandate years 1920 1932 The second section of the book deals with the emergence and development of the Iraqi Communist Party ICP between 1930s and 1950s Couched in enormous amount of detail, the central theme of this section links ICP s efforts to the anti British national movement Although ICP received heavy blows from suppressive governments of Iraq, it nevertheless managed to mobilize urban masses on social issues through championing the Arab nationalist cause The final section concerns itself with the years leading up to the 1958 Revolution and its aftermath under the Baathist rule Batatu here reproaches Qasim, the new Republican government s president, for his political ineptitude Qasim quickly became fearful of the ICP s growing influence and initiated a witch hunt against ICP members The Baath party, which wrested power in a coup in 1968, continued this suppressive trend, resulting in further decline in ICP s influence Batatu s comprehensive study of Iraqi social classes provides a breakthrough in Iraqi historiography He uses numerous sources in Arabic, Turkish, and English successfully to render his Marxist reading of class formation in Iraq Iraq s entry into the global market economy under the British led to the rapid development of a social middle class The British control over a corrupt comprador government provided the platform and the impetus to a fully conscious urban middle class to mobilize The peak of its accomplishments manifested in the 1958 Revolution The incoherence of this middle class, however, led to the rise in power of authoritarian elements with narrow bases of support Batatu s detailed book contains many new findings The orchestration of this massive amount of information calls for a meticulous mind, which Batatu proves to own The readers, though, might at times find themselves overwhelmed and confused about the direction of the main arguments An incomparable study of 20th Century IraqThis is the best history of modern Iraq available in English, dealing mainly with the period between the revolt against British rule in 1920 and the final ascendancy of the Ba ath Party in 1968 A work of admirable and inspiring scholarship, it creates a complex and nuanced portrait of the country in a period of upheaval and change It is the first book that any serious student of Iraqi history should read and it contains many insights and gems for those An incomparable study of 20th Century IraqThis is the best history of modern Iraq available in English, dealing mainly with the period between the revolt against British rule in 1920 and the final ascendancy of the Ba ath Party in 1968 A work of admirable and inspiring scholarship, it creates a complex and nuanced portrait of the country in a period of upheaval and change It is the first book that any serious student of Iraqi history should read and it contains many insights and gems for those who do not have the patience or incentive to read it from cover to cover It is, however, a splendid academic magnum opus rather than an easily assimilated rough guide Absurdly deep and well researched history, very eager to finish and dig intoof Mr Batatu s works A must read book for a good understanding of Iraq, especially the twentieth century. Perhaps the most enlightening and thorough book on Iraq I recommend this book to everyone heading down range to work in Iraq State Dept or military. This was a long and I stress long read but it was worth it It is the best book I have read on the social and political history of modern Iraq I recommend it for students, scholars and anyone who wants to understand how Iraq s past shaped the country today If you are looking for a extensive history of class struggles and Communist Parties in the Middle East this book is for you. (BOOK) ⚠ The Old Social Classes & The Revolutionary Movement In Iraq: A Study of Iraq's Old Landed and Commercial Classes and of its Communists, Ba'thists and Free Officers ⚢ This comparative study analyses the traditional elite of Iraq and their successors the Communists, the Ba thists and Free Officers in terms of social and economic relationships in each area of the country The author draws on secret government documents and interviews with key figures, both in power and in prison, to produce an engrossing story of political struggle and changeHanna Batatu was born inin Jerusalem He immigrated to the United States in , receiving his PhD from Harvard University inApart from research fellowships at Harvard, MIT, and Princeton, Batatu held two major teaching appointments at the American University of Beirut , and at Georgetown University , where he was named Professor Emeritus upon retirement He died in