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Dismantling Baathist Iraq : foreign occupation and cultural destruction

Isakhan, Benjamin 2012, Dismantling Baathist Iraq : foreign occupation and cultural destruction, in Proceedings of the Historical Justice and Memory Conference, [The Conference], Melbourne, Vic.

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Title Dismantling Baathist Iraq : foreign occupation and cultural destruction
Author(s) Isakhan, BenjaminORCID iD for Isakhan, Benjamin
Conference name Historical Justice and Memory. Conference (2012 : Melbourne, Vic.)
Conference location Melbourne, Vic.
Conference dates 14-17 Feb. 2012
Title of proceedings Proceedings of the Historical Justice and Memory Conference
Editor(s) Neumann, Klaus
Publication date 2012
Conference series Historical Justice and Memory Conference
Publisher [The Conference]
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic
Keyword(s) Iraq
Summary This paper examines the systematic efforts to dismantle or destroy the symbolic dimension of the Baathist regime in Iraq since 2003. It argues that while the Baath were undeniably cruel and oppressive, they did undertake one of the twentieth century’s most robust attempts to utilise the political power of historical memory to create a unified Iraqi national identity. However, while many have examined the militaristic or bureaucratic dimensions of de-Baathification, no such attempts have been made to examine the destruction of the symbols and monuments of the Baathist state and the consequences it has had for Iraqi national identity. This paper addresses this paucity and concludes that with the symbolic destruction of the Baathist state has come a near complete erosion of the Iraqi brand of nationalism that the Baath had managed to promulgate to varying degrees of success since the late 1960s.
Language eng
Field of Research 210202 Heritage and Cultural Conservation
160699 Political Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 940203 Political Systems
HERDC Research category E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
Grant ID DE120100315
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Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation
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Created: Mon, 20 Aug 2012, 17:12:17 EST by Benjamin Isakhan

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