A Modern History of the Kurds, Paperback

A Modern History of the Kurds Paperback

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In this detailed history of the Kurds from the 19th century to the present day, McDowall examines the interplay of old and new aspects of the struggle, the importance of local rivalries within Kurdish society, the enduring authority of certain forms of leadership and the failure of modern states to respond to the challenge of Kurdish nationalism.

Drawing extensively on primary sources McDowall's book is useful for all who want a better understanding of the underlying dynamics of the Kurdish question.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 504 pages, Bibliography, index
  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: General & world history
  • ISBN: 9781850434160



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Gives you a sense of Kurdistan and it's relationship with Iran, Iraq, and Turkey, between which it has been trisected, but the narrative feels a bit cumbersome. Worth reading, though, in order to get a sense of how Kurdish groups have played and been played off of each other by Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and international agencies.