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Reforging a Forgotten HistoryIraq and the Assyrians in the 20th Century$
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Sargon Donabed

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748686025

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748686025.001.0001

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Enduring Discord

Enduring Discord

Political Machinations and Border Clearings

(p.169) 5 Enduring Discord
Reforging a Forgotten History

Sargon George Donabed

Edinburgh University Press

Chapter 5 focuses on the 1970s. It includes the renewal of internal fighting between the Iraqi government and opposition groups and further forced demographic shifting. It elucidates the destruction of villages in the mid-1970s and the border clearings of 1977–8, including the setting up of collective towns in the midst of a large ethnic cleansing campaign. The research examines the villages affected and their historical and cultural significance to the Assyrian population. The chapter also takes a critical look at governmental acculturation policies and their effect on individuals.

Keywords:   Collective Towns, Zakho, Barwari Bala, Assyrian cultural club, Border Clearings

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