The victors of WWI created modern Middle East, but little has been written and even less is known about Iraq during WWI. Similar to his earlier works on Persia, Majd combines extensive research of U.S. State Department archives with official British sources to create a timely history of Iraq from 1910 to 1918 that will promote a better understanding of subsequent Iraqi and Middle Eastern history.
Mohammad Gholi Majd holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University. He is the author of The Great Famine and Genocide in Persia, 1917-1919, and The Great American Plunder of Persia's Antiquities, 1925-1941, both from the University Press of America.
Chapter 1 1. Iraq on the Eve of World War I Chapter 2 2. Declarations of War against Turkey Chapter 3 3. British Invasion of Iraq and Capture of Basra and Shatt al Arab Chapter 4 4. Pause in British Advance and the Situation in Bagdad, January-April, 1915 Chapter 5 5. Defeat of Turkish Counter Offensive: Battles of Suez and Shaiba Chapter 6 6. British Capture of Amara, Nasiriya, and Kut al Amara Chapter 7 7. British Subjects in Iraq and Disturbances in Najaf and Kerbala Chapter 8 8. Tension in Bagdad and Measures against Christians and Jews Chapter 9 9. Battle of Ctesiphon: British Failure to Take Bagdad and Retreat to Kut Chapter 10 10. British Failure to Lift the Siege of Kut and its Surrender Chapter 11 11. British Occupation of South Persia, 1915 Chapter 12 12. Impact of Russian Campaign in Persia on the War in Iraq Chapter 13 13. Subjugation of the Tribes and Preparations for Renewed British Offensive Chapter 14 14. British Offensive and Capture of Bagdad Chapter 15 15. Spring 1917 Offensive and Expansion of the British Force Chapter 16 16. Final Year of War and Completion of British Occupation of Iraq Chapter 17 17. Onset of British Rule in Iraq Chapter 18 18. Iraq's Commercial Decline Chapter 19 19. The Toll from Disease