The Revolution of 1958 which violently overthew the monarchical regime was apart of the revolutionary wave that has swept Arab contiries in their attemprts to modernize by combinint elements of culture derived from Westernand scocialist societies with Isalmic cultural and religious tradtions. This book gives the first comprehensive account of the 1958 Revultion and the political development of Iraq during the regimes of Brigadier Abdul Karim Qasim, Marshal Abd al-Salam Arif and his brother Abd al-Rahman Arif . It discusses the causes of the downfall of the old regime, and ideologies which have given rise to so many actual or attempted coupe d´etat within the decade 1958ß1968, and in particular the rivalries between pamßArabs,Communists, adherents of teh Ba´th Arab Socialist Party, and Iraqi nationalists opposed to union with other Arab countries. There is a full account of the Kurdish question and of the oil negotiations which have taken place sind the 1958 Revolution.
(*) Majid Khadduri, Director of the Centre for Middle East Studies at the School of Advanced International Studies, The John Hopkins University
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