“Iraq Agriculture: A Long History of Government Neglect”


Roger Owen (2011) | SAVE MP3

owen_000On October 6, 2011, Roger Owen spoke to the Institute of Iraqi Studies at Boston University.  During the lecture, he highlighted the the long, changing history of agriculture in the fertile crescent of Iraq, noting in particular agricultural policies under the Baathist regime and recent developments.  (Listen to the lecture.)

Roger Owen wrote his Oxford doctoral thesis on the history of cotton production in modern Egypt and, since then, has maintained a strong interest in the development of Middle Eastern agriculture in both Egypt and the Fertile Crescent, details of which can be found in his two books, “The Middle East in the World Economy, 1800-1914” and (with Sevket Pamuk), “A History of the Middle East Economies in the Twentieth Century”. He obtained a vivid and memorable first-hand look at the role of the twin rivers in Iraqi agricultural life during a visit to Baghdad during the flood season in May 1968.

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