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March 1993
408 pages  

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The Political Psychology of the Gulf War
Leaders, Publics, and the Process of Conflict
Renshon, Stanley
Approaching the events of 1990-1991 from the perspectives of psychology, history, mass communications, and political science, these essays are concerned with the origins of the Gulf War, the leadership of George Bush and Saddam Hussein, the battles for public opinion and their consequences, and the results of the war.
Stanley A. Renshon is Professor of Political Science at Lehman College and at the Graduate Center, City University of New York.
“Will appeal to a widespread audience that ranges from international relations theorists to Middle East scholars to political psychologists to foreign policy practitioners.”—Elizabeth S. Rogers

"Makes an important contribution to the growing literature on the Persian Gulf War. . . . Includes articles on the origins of the war, crisis decisionmaking, political leadership, public opinion, and the aftermath and consequences of the Gulf War." —Governance

"Provides many stimulating ideas on the role of psychological factors in a dramatic international conflict." —Journal of Peace Research

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In these original essays, widely respected experts analyze the personal psychologies and public belief systems of the individuals and nations involved in the Gulf War - from George Bush and Saddam Hussein to the peoples of the United States, Israel, and Arab countries. Approaching the events of 1990-1991 from the perspectives of psychology, history, mass communications, and political science, these scholars examine the dynamic relationship of events, behavior, and perceptions. Part I deals with the psychological and political origins of the war; part II focuses on George Bush, Saddam Hussein, and the nature of their leadership and judgement; part III discusses the battle for public perceptions and beliefs waged by both sides; part IV analyzes the results of that battle as revealed by the understanding of the U.S., Israeli, and Arab publics; and part V deals with the war’s consequences. A postscript by Stanley Renshon covers military actions in the Gulf in late 1992 and early 1993.
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