Republic of Fear: The Politics of Modern Iraq (Updated Edition)

Republic of Fear The Politics of Modern Iraq Updated Edition First published in just before the Gulf War broke out Republic of Fear was the only book that explained the motives of the Saddam Hussein regime in invading and annexing Kuwait This edition up

  • Title: Republic of Fear: The Politics of Modern Iraq (Updated Edition)
  • Author: Kanan Makiya
  • ISBN: 9780520214392
  • Page: 331
  • Format: Paperback
  • First published in 1989, just before the Gulf War broke out, Republic of Fear was the only book that explained the motives of the Saddam Hussein regime in invading and annexing Kuwait This edition, updated in 1998, has a substantial introduction focusing on the changes in Hussein s regime since the Gulf War.In 1968 a coup d tat brought into power an extraordinary regimeFirst published in 1989, just before the Gulf War broke out, Republic of Fear was the only book that explained the motives of the Saddam Hussein regime in invading and annexing Kuwait This edition, updated in 1998, has a substantial introduction focusing on the changes in Hussein s regime since the Gulf War.In 1968 a coup d tat brought into power an extraordinary regime in Iraq, one that stood apart from other regimes in the Middle East Between 1968 and 1980, this new regime, headed by the Arab Ba th Socialist party, used ruthless repression and relentless organization to transform the way Iraqis think and react to political questions In just twelve years, a party of a few thousand people grew to include nearly ten percent of the Iraqi population.This book describes the experience of Ba thism from 1968 to 1980 and analyzes the kind of political authority it engendered, culminating in the personality cult around Saddam Hussein Fear, the author argues, is at the heart of Ba thi politics and has become the cement for a genuine authority, however bizarre.Examining Iraqi history in a search for clues to understanding contemporary political affairs, the author illustrates how the quality of Ba thi pan Arabism as an ideology, the centrality of the first experience of pan Arabism in Iraq, and the interaction between the Ba th and communist parties in Iraq from 1958 to 1968 were crucial in shaping the current regime.Saddam Hussein s decision to launch all out war against Iran in September 1980 marks the end of the first phase of this re shaping of modern Iraqi politics The Iraq Iran war is a momentous event in its own right, but for Iraq, the author argues, the war diverts dissent against the Ba thi regime by focusing attention on the specter of an enemy beyond Iraq s borders, thus masking a hidden potential for even greater violence inside Iraq.

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    1. جمهورية الخوف نشر كنعان مكية كتابه هذا سنة 1989 م، تحت اسم مستعار هو سمير الخليل، كانت الحرب العراقية الإيرانية قد انتهت لتوها، وصدام لم يصبح عدواً للجميع بعد، فلذا صار هذا الكتاب مهماً جداً بعدما غزى صدام الكويت، ووضع بلده في وجه مدافع 34 دولة سنة 1990 م. يحاول مكية في هذا الكتاب [...]

    2. This book was a pretty effective indictment of Saddam Hussein, by an Iraqi, who, if I'm not mistaken, started out as a Trotskyist and ended up some kind of liberal democrat.Makiya, who taught at Brandeis of all places for an Arab, was one of the drum-beaters for Gulf War II. What he thinks about it now, I do not know.The Republic of Fear was written well before the invasion.

    3. I have been thinking about whether to include books in which I have only read a chapter or two. Since I use this space as an archive, I have decided to add a new shelf: "read some of it."I dreaded reading this because the book is an artifact used by the US government to attack Iraq the first time. Still I really need to find what I am looking for. I am looking for citations that provide evidence for the how Iraq used its oil profits after 1973. There is plenty of work on how it used some of thos [...]

    4. Interesting stuff that taught me alot about Baathism and Iraq while it was under Saddam's regime that operated on that political ideology. The downside, however, is that it's sort of dry and insipid and failed to hold my attention for an extended period of time.

    5. A well formed examination of Iraqi Ba'thism from an insider who is thankfully free of the usual post colonial guilt. It's slow going due to the sheer volume of detailed information but I did not lose interest at any point.

    6. An odd, dense, abstrusely written but occasionally insightful book about the nature of Baath ideology and Saddam Hussein's regime. The first 100 pages or so explain how fear and violence defined politics in Baathist Iraq. He explains how SH put the various security organizations in place, the roles they play, and how they have pursued the totalitarian goal of atomizing the individual, undermining traditional authorities like the family, and then reuniting society purely on the basis of loyalty a [...]

    7. well, this is a good book. I particularly liked the first chapter. "jihaz hanin, the army, the mukhabarat". It is very interesting to be informed how the ba'th as a party state polity was formed and how it later developed under the leadership of saddam. what each "institution of violence" original role was and how it later undertook different or additional roles under the ba'th. The chapters concerning the Legitimation of ba'th(chpater 5 and 6), why the communists failed and the ba'thists' succe [...]

    8. Makiya strives for objectivity, but falls short. This is a rather interesting historical artifact/relic. Written post Iran-Iraq war and Pre-Gulf War I, it has a forward written in the late 90's. It would be most interesting to read another update now to see what insights Makiya has on what has transpired in the 15+ years since his first forward added.Ultimately, I think it falls short because there is a bit too much conjecture on what things mean. It does make it seem quite apparent that any hop [...]

    9. It may seem a little late to read a detailed, scholarly overview of the rise of Baathism and Saddam in Iraq from the late '60s to the Iran-Iraq War, but this updated edition has a lot to offer. One, it serves as a detailed analysis of centralized anti-communism turned into a fascistic dictatorship, ala Nazi Germany or Fascist Italy. Also, it explains a lot of the roots of the current patchwork of politico-religious issues in the mideast traced from the Ottoman millet system to post-WW II nation [...]

    10. بقي هذا الكتاب فترة طويلة في رفوف المكتبة بإنتظار القراءة ولربما جاء ذلك من أسباب النقد الموجه لمكية بمواقع التواصل الاجتماعي ، والذي أعتقده انه كان غير حيادياً (النقد) على مكية نقل معاناة الشعب العراقي بصفحات كتاب تخليداً لمرحلة زمنية مهمة مرّ بها الشعب والوطن هو شيء مهم جد [...]

    11. كتاب جمهورية الخوف ، يقدم الكتاب الحالة العراقية أثناء سلطة البعث العراقي و يقدم تحليلًا لمسيرة هذه السلطة و أيديولوجيتها و سياساتها و أدواتها و علاقتها بالعنف و القمع و طريقة وصولها للسلطة المطلقة و يقدم تشريحًا دقيقًا لوسائل و أدوات و سياسات و دعاية هذه السلطة الدموية منذ [...]

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