History as a Lever of Politics

Ofra Bengio

in Saddam's Word

Published in print April 1998 | ISBN: 9780195114393
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854523 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Middle Eastern History

History as a Lever of Politics

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This chapter discusses the effect and influence of history in politics in Iraq: how it guided and how it served as an inspiration. This chapter stresses the point that history and the present are always intimately connected in the Arab world. Saddam Husayn exemplified the same trend: he spoke of the “inner cohesion” of the mind with history, of contact with it, of the revival of it, and the return of its glories. Lastly, texts about writing history and making it known are expressed.

Keywords: history; inspiration; inner cohesion; saddam Husayn; writing history

Chapter.  6427 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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