A political history of the Kurds from the twentieth century to today.
Kurds are the largest stateless people in the world. An estimated thirty-two million Kurds live in a “Kurdistan,” which includes parts of Turkey, Iraq, Syria, and Iran—today’s “hot spots” in the Middle East. The Kurdish Spring explores the subjugation of Kurds by Arab, Ottoman, and Persian powers for almost a century, and why Kurds are now evolving from a victimized people to a coherent political community. This work will encourage the public to look critically at the post-colonial period, recognizing the injustice and impracticality of states that were created by Great Powers, and it offers a new perspective on sovereignty and statehood.