Modern Iraq has been shaped by three very different imperial powers:Ottoman, British, and US. Indeed, it has been at the center of some of themost dramatic changes in forms of imperial rule during this period. Between
and across these global shifts, Iraqis formed nationalist, communist, Islamist, youth, and women's movements; created a flourishing arts scene during the Baghdad Renaissance of the 1940s and 1950s; carried out the 1958 anti-colonial revolution; and grappled with the effects of oil wealth, the rise of a totalitarian state, and decades of near-continuous war. This course will explore the interplay between local, regional, and imperial
forces in shaping Iraqi history from the 19th to the 21st centuries, rejecting simplistic reliance on the "artificial state" narrative while taking seriously both the internal struggles of Iraqis and the role their country has played in the history of modern imperial power.
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