Iraq Then and Now: A Guide to the Country and Its People

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Bradt Travel Guides, 2008 - Travel - 371 pages
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This new Bradt title responds to huge public interest in both Iraq and its people and is less a travel guide – certainly for the time being – and more of an objective account of Saddam’s regime as a whole, and the build-up to the recent conflict.
Focusing on developments in post-Saddam Iraq, without ignoring the horrors which have occurred in the aftermath of the war, the author highlights the country’s positive progression, with chapters such as ‘Iraqi Voices’ – describing the hopes, fears and ambitions of Iraqis – and ‘Post-Saddam Iraq’ – where we get to hear the views of prominent politicians on the war and how it was handled.
 
When Bradt published the first edition of its travel guide to Iraq, the country was slowly breaking free from the shackles of sanctions, Western tourists were returning in small numbers and it looked as if the fledgling tourist industry would grow. As in that travel guide, this new book introduces the magnificent ancient Iraqi civilisations and provides a historical background to the country, as well as providing updated practical information on which places are still open to visitors.
 
 

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Contents

Historical sketch 3 Geography 5 Climate 6 Flora
9
PART TWO IRAQ THEN
21
Umayyads Abbasids and Ottomans
45
PART THREE IRAQ NOW
79
Life Under Sanctions
93
The 2003 War
103
PostSaddam Iraq
113
The North Iraqi Kurdistan
137
The South
227
Culture
277
Archaeological Sites
293
Iraqis in Exile
319
Postscript
333
Further Information
352
Bibliography
358
Copyright

Baghdad and the Sunni Triangle
185

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About the author (2008)

Karen Dabrowska, author of Iraq: The Bradt Travel Guide, completed an MA in International Journalism at City University, London. She is a correspondent of Jana News Agency and Assistant Editor of Islamic Tourism Magazine. In 2004 she set up a website: www.anotherIraq.com.Veteran overland and adventure tour operator, Geoff Hann proprietor Hinterland Travel, has led two trips to Iraqi Kurdistan in 2007 and the first and only trip for foreigners to Iraq after the toppling of Saddam's regime. He also leads trips to Afghanistan, Kashmir and other challenging destinations.

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