The Iran-Iraq War 1980-1988

The Iran-Iraq War 1980-1988

by Efraim Karsh

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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 war's military lessons regarding such key areas as strategy, tactics and escalation and in particular the use of non-conventional weapons, Finally, he examines the utility of armed force as an instrument of foreign policy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472809995
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 06/06/2014
Series: Guide to... , #20
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 1,072,836
File size: 9 MB

About the Author

Efraim Karsh is Professor and Head of the Mediterranean Studies Programme at King's College, University of London. He has held various academic posts at the Sorbonne, the London School of Economics, Columbia University, Helsinki University and Tel-Aviv University. Professor Karsh has published extensively on Middle Eastern affairs, Soviet foreign policy and European neutrality.
Efraim Karsh is Professor of Political Studies at Bar-Ilan University and Professor Emeritus of Middle East and Mediterranean Studies at King's College London. A former director of the Middle East Forum, he is editor of Middle East Quarterly and Israel Affairs, and is writing A History of the Jewish People, published by Bloomsbury in 2018.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction and Chronology
  • Background to war
  • Warring sides
  • Outbreak
  • The fighting
  • Portrait of a soldier
  • The world around war
  • Portrait of a civilian
  • How the war ended
  • Conclusion and consequences

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