Cloth $108.00 ISBN: 9780226519272 Published May 2008
Paper $49.00 ISBN: 9780226519289 Published May 2008

Kurdistan

In the Shadow of History, Second Edition

Susan Meiselas

Susan Meiselas

With Historical Introductions and a new Postscript by Martin van Bruinessen
472 pages | 310 color plates, 219 halftones | 9-1/2 x 12 | © 2008
Cloth $108.00 ISBN: 9780226519272 Published May 2008
Paper $49.00 ISBN: 9780226519289 Published May 2008
Kurdistan was erased from world maps after World War I, when the victorious powers carved up the Middle East, leaving the Kurds without a homeland. Today the Kurds, who live on land that straddles the borders of Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria, are by far the largest ethnic group in the world without a state.
Renowned photographer Susan Meiselas entered northern Iraq after the 1991 Gulf War to record the effects of Saddam Hussein’s campaigns against Iraq’s Kurdish population.  She joined Human Rights Watch in documenting the destruction of Kurdish villages (some of which Hussein had attacked with chemical weapons in 1988) and the uncovering of mass graves. Moved by her experiences there, Meiselas began work on a visual history of the Kurds. The result, Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History, gives form to the collective memory of the Kurds and creates from scattered fragments a vital national archive.

In addition to Meiselas’s own photographs, Kurdistan presents images and accounts by colonial administrators, anthropologists, missionaries, soldiers, journalists, and others who have traveled to Kurdistan over the last century, and, not to forget, by Kurds themselves. The book’s pictures, personal memoirs, government reports, letters, advertisements, and maps provide multiple layers of representation, juxtaposing different orders of historiographical evidence and memories, thus allowing the reader to discover voices of the Kurds that contest Western notions of them. In its layering of narratives—both textual and photographic—Kurdistan breaks new ground, expanding our understanding of how images can be used as a medium for historical and cultural representation.
A crucial repository of memory for the Kurdish community both in exile and at home, this new edition appears at a time when the world’s attention has once again been drawn to the lands of this little-understood but historically consequential people.
Karl E. Meyer | New York Times Book Review
“A superb and enriching book; the family album of a forsaken people, the archive of a nation that has not been permitted to exist. . . . It is an album rendered in what Virgil called the tears of things, filled with nobility and brutality, passion and terror.”
Christopher Hitchens | Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Meiselas has, with infinite labor and tenderness, composed a collage, framed a composition, designed a frame, confected a design and, by means of a deft balance between text and camera, brought off a thing of beauty as well as instruction. . . . This book is everything that scholarship and journalism and humanism ought to aspire to be.”
Sarah Beth Glicksteen | Christian Science Monitor
"An extraordinary visual history of an oppressed people....This project is the only living archive for collective Kurdish memory."
Barry Gewen | Paper Cuts
"An extraordinarily handsome volume. In a labor of love, Meiselas spent six years combing libraries, archives and family collections for old photographs, postcards, documents, newspaper clippings . . . to produce a visually stunning montage designed to prick the conscience of the world."
Contents
Introduction by Susan Meiselas

BEFORE THE GREAT WAR
Travelers and Missionaries as Witness

FROM EMPIRES TO NATION-STATES
Conflicting Claims on Eastern Turkey
British Occupation of Mesopotamia and the Creation of Iraq
Resistance to Centralization in Iran
Rebellions in Turkey
Under the Iraqi Monarchy

THE KURDISH REPUBLIC OF MAHABAD
A Kurdish State

UNEASY COEXISTENCE
Order Restored in Iraq
The Monarchy Consolidates in Iran
Behind the Iron Curtain
Identity Contested in Turkey

ARMED STRUGGLE FOR AUTONOMY
The Republic  of Iraq
The Islamic Revolution in Iran
The Military Takes Control in Turkey

AFTER THE COLD WAR
From Genocide to Safe Haven in Iraq
Polarization in Turkey

EPILOGUE

POSTSCRIPT, TEN YEARS LATER
 
INTRODUCTION AND HISTORICAL INTRODUCTIONS TRANSLATED INTO SORANI BY CHOMAN HARDI
 
INTRODUCTION AND HISTORICAL INTRODUCTIONS TRANSLATED INTO TURKISH BY KUMRU TOKTAMIS
 
BIOGRAPHIES  
 
GLOSSARY  
 
SOURCES CITED AND SUGGESTED READING  
 
INDEX  
 
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS  
 
ERRATA
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