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Iran-Iraq War 1980-1988, The

by Osprey

Category: Historical Books
Genre: Book - Reference - Historical, Book - Reference - Military
Product Line: Essential Histories - 20th Century Conflicts Excluding the World Wars
Author: Efraim Karsh
Publish Date: 2002
Pages: 96
Dimensions: 7x10x.3"
Restockable: Yes
Condition: NM-    
NKG part # Mfg. part # Type Condition
2148530643 OSPESS020 ESS20 Softcover NM-

The Iran-Iraq War, which ended in August 1988, one month short of its eighth anniversary, was one of the longest, bloodiest and costliest Third World armed conflicts in the twentieth century. Professor Karsh addresses the causes of the Iran-Iraq War, unpacking the objectives of the two belligerents and examining how far objectives were matched by strategy. He assesses the war's military lessons regarding such key areas as strategy, tactics and escalation and in particular the use of non-conventional weapons, Finally, he examines the utility of armed force as an instrument of foreign policy.


Background to war: The quest for the empire of God
Warring sides: Strengths and weaknesses of Iran and Iraq
Outbreak: Invasion and after
The fighting: The delicate balance of incompetence
Portrait of a soldier: Iran's boy soldiers
The world around war: Nations at war
Portrait of a civilian: Death of a village
How the war ended: The poisoned chalice
Conclusion and consequences: A costly exercise in futility

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