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By John Robertson

During this insightful research, highly-respected specialist John Robertson canvases everything of Iraq’s wealthy heritage, from the seminal advances of its Neolithic population to the aftermath of the American-led invasion and Iraq this present day. Grounded in large learn, this balanced account of a rustic and its humans explores the greatness and grandeur of Iraq’s achievements, the brutality and style of its historical empires, its contributions to the emergence of the world’s enduring monotheistic faiths, and the function the nice Arab caliphs of Baghdad performed within the medieval cultural flowering that contributed lots to the ecu Renaissance and the eventual upward thrust of the West.

Fascinating and thought-provoking, Robertson’s paintings sheds gentle on a outstanding tale of global background, person who has been too usually missed. Wide-ranging and large in process, it's bound to be vastly favored by means of historians, scholars and all people with an curiosity during this various and enigmatic nation.

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In modern times, the dominating factor in the consciousness of most Middle Easterners has been the impact of Europe, later of the West more generally, and the transformation — some would say dislocation - which it has brought. The modern history of the region is one of rapid and enforced change - of challenge from an alien world and of different phases and aspects of reaction, rejection, and response. In some respects, the change has been overwhelming and is probably irreversible, and there are many who would wish to carry these changes further.

The change in dress also symbolizes a larger change, even in the radical, anti-Western states. Just as the individual still wears at least partial Western dress, so the state still wears a Western coat and hat in the form of a written constitution, a legislative assembly, and some form of elections. All of these were maintained in the Islamic Republic of Iran, though there is of course no precedent for them either in the ancient Iranian or the sacred Islamic past. Our patron in the café is sitting on a chair next to a table, and these two items of furniture are also innovations due to Western influence.

At other times it has been a magnet which attracted many outsiders, sometimes as disciples and pilgrims, sometimes as captives and slaves, sometimes as conquerors and masters. It has been a crossroads and a marketplace where knowledge and merchandise were brought from ancient and distant lands, and then sent, sometimes much improved, to continue their journey. In modern times, the dominating factor in the consciousness of most Middle Easterners has been the impact of Europe, later of the West more generally, and the transformation — some would say dislocation - which it has brought.

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