Iraqs Democratic Moment Foulath Hadid

ISBN: 9781849042185

Published: June 1st 2014

Hardcover

338 pages


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Iraqs Democratic Moment  by  Foulath Hadid

Iraqs Democratic Moment by Foulath Hadid
June 1st 2014 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 338 pages | ISBN: 9781849042185 | 5.13 Mb

In 1920, a massive uprising took place against British occupation of Mesopotamia. This initiated a struggle for democracy that pitted nationalist leaders against the British, their local political allies and a newly-installed monarchy.IraqsMoreIn 1920, a massive uprising took place against British occupation of Mesopotamia. This initiated a struggle for democracy that pitted nationalist leaders against the British, their local political allies and a newly-installed monarchy.Iraqs Democratic Moment is the story of that long and passionate struggle of the Iraqi people to achieve the liberal democracy promised them by the constitution of their newly-created country.

In 1936, a coup detat brought the nationalist forces to power amid great public jubilation, only for the coup to fail when its leaders fell out among themselves. In 1941, the Iraqi army went to war with the British for violating the terms of the Anglo-Iraqi Treaty. The Iraqis lost the war, and as a result, had to endure British military occupation for the next five years. In 1946, political parties were allowed a certain degree of freedom, but the opportunity was thwarted as the regime failed to deliver on the democratic reforms promised.

Further opportunities presented themselves, especially in 1948, when a massive uprising known as al-Wathba forced the cancellation of the Portsmouth Treaty. In 1952, the Iraqi intifada brought more pressure to bear on the regime to introduce the political reforms that the Iraqi people were clamouring for. On both these two occasions, the ruling regime failed yet again to implement free elections and parliamentary democracy.Perhaps the best opportunity of all was presented by the 1958 Revolution.

This ended with the army retaining power and the political parties collapsing in disarray. The failure of the revolution and the brutal authoritarian rule that followed dashed the countrys hopes for the democracy that it had so long struggled and sacrificed for, but which it has yet to achieve.



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