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A People Without a Country: The Kurds and Kurdistan
A People Without a Country: The Kurds and Kurdistan
Edited by Gerard Chaliand
Olive Branch Press, 1993, 259 pp

Kurds number about 15 million people, spread over the territories of five states. Despite a long history of struggling for autonomy and independence, they are still far from having anything resembling a state of their own. Only in northern Iraq do they genuinely govern themselves, and that precarious situation depends to a large degree upon the vagaries of Turkish and American policies. This edited volume goes a long way toward introducing the reader to the political realities that confront the Kurds. Many of the essays are written by Kurdish intellectuals. At some point in the not-so-distant future, American leaders may have to face up to Kurdish issues in Iraq and possibly Turkey. This book could help fill the information deficit that usually surrounds those discussions.