Iraq's official justification for the invasion of Kuwait

Al Najjar, Mustafa Abdulqader / Al Qahwati, Hussein Mohammed / Tamimi, Humaid Ahmed Hamdan / Barakat, Recep Abdul Majeed. [Fi al-wathayiq al-tarikhiat aleiraq w'al-kuayt] (Inside the Historical Documents of Iraq and Kuwait).

Baghdad, Dar Al-Hurria, [October] 1990.

4to (240 x 170 mm). 306 pp. including numerous images of historical documents and maps. Original grey wrappers bearing title embossed in metallic red.


Extremely rare: the first edition of Iraq's official historical justification for the 1990 invasion of Kuwait, commissioned by Saddam Hussein's regime and written by the country's leading historians. Featuring analysis as well as reproductions of dozens of key historical documents, the work was published shortly before the American-led coalition forces attacked Iraq and liberated Kuwait.

In this fascinating and sophisticated work of intellectual propaganda, several of Iraq's leading historians explore a wide selection of historical documents and maps to make the case that Kuwait is a legitimate part of Iraq. While the dossier omits conflicting evidence, the selection of documents and the depth of the analysis represents a highly skilled piece of persuasive writing and presents a point of view seldom encountered in the West, let alone many other Arab countries. An invaluable source for understanding the modern history of the Middle East.

Text entirely in Arabic, with a foreword by the Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz. Internally clean and crisp; wrappers with mild stains and a few tiny abrasions, but in all very good.

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