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The Gulf War of 1991

in Why War?

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780226763880
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226763910 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226763910.003.0004
The Gulf War of 1991

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In the case of the 1990–91 Persian Gulf crisis, the United States was the prime mover and shaker in political and military arenas. It provides what we might think of as a crucial experiment. That is to say it is a site of difference that needs to be explained. Because of this methodological centrality and also the objective importance of the United States in providing military and diplomatic leadership, this chapter disproportionately focuses on the American case. It goes into greater detail on historical contingencies, alternative discourses, and the strategies used to challenge or effect repairs upon the dominant genre. The argument that unfolds is that by contrast with the low mimetic reading of Suez in the United States, apocalyptic narratives gained ascendancy in representations of the Gulf crisis and the ensuing war.

Keywords: Gulf crisis; United States; military leadership; Suez Crisis; Gulf war; diplomatic leadership

Chapter.  25738 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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