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The Kurdish Spring
A New Map of the Middle East
By (author): David L. Phillips Foreword by: Bernard Kouchner
9781412856805 Paperback, Trade English General Trade POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Middle Eastern Feb 28, 2015
$26.95 CAD
Active 6 x 9 in 200 pages Transaction Publishers
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.

David L. Phillips is currently director of the Program on Peace-Building and Rights at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights. Phillips served as foreign affairs expert and senior adviser to the US Department of State during the administrations of President Clinton, Bush, and Obama.

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