A History of Modern Iran

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 23, 2018 - History - 268 pages
"Iran entered the twentieth century with oxen and wooden plough. It exited with steel mills, one of the world's highest automobile accident rates, and, to the consternation of many, a nuclear program. This book narrates the dramatic transformation that has taken place in twentieth-century Iran. Since the main engine of this transformation has been the central government, the book focuses on the state, on how it was created and expanded, and how its expansion has had profound repercussions not only on the polity and economy, but also on the environment, culture, and, most important of all, wider society. Some repercussions were intended; others, especially protest movements and political revolutions, were not. This book may appear somewhat quaint and even insidious to those convinced that the state is inherently a part of the problem rather than solution of contemporary dilemmas. But since this book is about major transformations, and these transformations in Iran have been initiated invariably by the central government, it will focus on the latter hopefully without falling into the Hegelian-Rankean pitfalls of glorifying the state"--
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
State and Society under the Qajars
8
Reform Revolution and the Great War
35
The Iron Fist of Reza Shah
65
The Nationalist Interregnum
100
Muhammad Reza Shahs White Revolution
126
The Islamic Republic
159
Notes
205
Select Bibliography
226
Index
237
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Ervand Abrahamian is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at Baruch College and Graduate Center, City University of New York. His previous publications include The Iranian Mojahedin (1989), Khomeinism (1993), and Tortured Confessions (1999), and The Coup: 1953, The CIA, and The Roots of Modern US-Iranian Relations (2013). The latter title was named the Choice Outstanding Academic Title in 2013.

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