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Goat and the Butcher

Nationalism and State Formation in Kurdistan-Iraq Since the Iraqi War

Series: Bibliotheca Iranica: Kurdish Studies Series 6
Availability: In stock
Published: 2005
Page #: xix + 278
Size: 6 x 9
ISBN: 1-56859-186-1
bibliography, index, notes

 
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This book describes the competition and struggle between nationalism (the goat), ethnonationalism, capitalism (the butcher), and the processes of state formation using Iraqi Kurdistan as a case study. In order to add coherence and lucidity to theoretical models, this study focuses on the processes of state formation in Kurdistan-Iraq and how they were affected by the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq from March 2003 to the middle of 2005. It analyzes the processes of state formation in Kurdistan-Iraq within the context of Arab (both Sunni and Shi?a), and Turkish nationalism. A third focus of the book demonstrates how Turkey, Syria and Iran, all with large Kurdish populations of their own cooperated, however unsuccessfully, to limit the development of Kurdish formation in Iraq on their own Kurdish populations and growing Kurdish ethnonationalist movements. In particular, attention is paid to Turkey’s acquiescence to the Kurdish state formation developments in Iraq because of restraints placed on Ankara resulting from the U.S.’ occupation of Iraq. The author argues that the inability of Turkey to play a strong role, militarily or politically in Iraq, impelled it to try to gain geopolitical position in that country by emphasizing economic and trade relations and by implementing policies suggested in the U.S.’ Wider Middle East Initiative (WMEI) project. The author places his study within the theoretical context of the effects of “uneven development” and the competition between capitalism and nationalism, especially between the capitalist centers and the economic underdeveloped peripheries. He argues that the processes of state formation in Kurdistan-Iraq suggest that the emergent bourgeoisie had an advantage over popular nationalists, but his conclusions are tentative because of the unsettled situation in Iraq due to the U.S. occupation.

author

Robert Olson

Robert Olson is Professor of Middle East history and politics at the University of Kentucky (Emeritus). He is the author of ten books of various aspects of Middle East history and politics. His major books are: The Siege of Mosul and Ottoman- Persian Relations: 1718-1743; The Emergence of Kurdish Nationalism and the Sheikh Said Rebellion: 1880-1925; Turkey's Relations with Iran, 1979-2004;The Kurdish Question and Turkish-Iranian Relations:From World I to 2000; Blood, Beliefs and Ballots: The Management of Kurdish Nationalism in Turkey, 2007-2000; The Kurdish Nationalist Movements in Turkey: 1980-2011; The Goat and the Butcher: Nationalism and State Formation in Kurdistan-Iraq since the Iraqi War War. He is the author of 75 referred research articles and 60 edited research articles. He was distinguished Professor of the University of Kentucky in 2000. He is married and lives in Lexington, Kentucky.

Ch. 1. From 1 March 2003 (Turkish) Resolution to the 1 June 2004 UNSC Resolution.
Ch. 2. From the UNSC Resolution to the NATO Summit.
Ch. 3. From the NATO Summit to 1 September 2004.
Ch. 4. From Tehran to Ankara : Turks, Iranians, and Kurds.
Ch. 5. From Tal Afar to U.S. Presidential Elections.
Ch. 6. From U.S. Presidential Elections to the End of 2004.
Ch. 7. From December 2004 : Zigzagging Toward Elections.
Ch. 8. Aftermath of the Elections : Whither Kurdish Nationalism, Kurdistan-Iraq, and Iraq?
Conclusion.
Bibliography.
Index

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