A History of Modern Iran
In a reappraisal of Iran's modern history, Ervand Abrahamian traces its traumatic journey across the twentieth century, through the discovery of oil, imperial interventions, the rule of the Pahlavis and, in 1979, revolution and the birth of the Islamic Republic. In the intervening years, the country has experienced a bitter war with Iraq, the transformation of society under the clergy and, more recently, the expansion of the state and the struggle for power between the old elites, the intelligentsia and the commercial middle class. The author is a compassionate expositor. While he adroitly negotiates the twists and turns of the country's regional and international politics, at the heart of his book are the people of Iran. It is to them and their resilience that this book is dedicated, as Iran emerges at the beginning of the twenty-first century as one of the most powerful states in the Middle East.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Garrison0550 - LibraryThing
Iran has played such a major role, not only in the Middle East, but in the world's recent history that I thought I should learn a bit more about it. After researching several books on the subject, I ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - shokatlibrary - LibraryThing
I know of no better book on the history of modern Iran. Mr Abrahamian provides a penetrating, lucid, and -in less than 200 pages- an incredibly comprehensive introduction to the life of the Iranian ... Read full review