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The Iran-Iraq War 1980-1988 (Essential Histories #20)

3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  48 ratings  ·  4 reviews
The Iran-Iraq War, which ended in August 1988, one month short of its eighth anniversary, was one of the longest, bloodiest and costliest Third World armed conflicts in the twentieth century. Professor Karsh addresses the causes of the Iran-Iraq War, unpacking the objectives of the two belligerents and examining how far objectives were matched by strategy. He assesses the ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published April 25th 2002 by Osprey Publishing (first published December 1989)
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Interesting overview of a very long and hard war. Would have enjoyed more detail in some places but the briefness is to be expected given the publication. Some interesting first hand accounts and interviews were provided (particularly the Kurdish survivor and 2 different Iranian 'Boy Soldiers'). An interesting thought was raised in the form of Iraq's use of gas on both military and civilian targets, the West didnt seem to mind all that much when it benefited them and their aims. I suppose they v ...more
Sham Al-Ghazali
Really enjoyed reading it, I loved that it has no bias and even mentioned that some historians believe the conflict goes even as deep as the Arab vs Persians conflict which has existed far before the drawing of the nations. Woop.
Jan 13, 2011 Steven added it
Good read. Like the quick coverage format by Osprey. Good primer.
More complicated than I supposed after talks with my Iranian pals.
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Efraim Karsh is director of the Middle East Forum, editor of the Middle East Quarterly, and Professor of Middle East and Mediterranean Studies at King's College London.

Born and raised in Israel, Mr. Karsh earned his undergraduate degree in Arabic language and literature and modern Middle Eastern history from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and his graduate and doctoral degrees in international
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