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Modern Iran - Ali Ansari


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Today's Iran is rarely out of the headlines. Labelled by George W Bush as a part of his 'axis of evil' and perceived as a real nuclear threat by some, Iran is increasingly seen as an enemy of the West. And yet for many Iran remains shrouded in mystery and incomprehensible to Western analysis.


Modern Iran offers a comprehensive analysis and explanation of political, social and economic developments in Iran during the 20th century.  Since it first published in 2003 Modern Iran has become a staple for students and lecturers wishing to gain a clear understand of the history of this strategically important Middle Eastern Country.

The new edition will bring us up to dateand will include: an analysis of the successes and failures of the Khatami Presidency; an examination of the effect of 9/11; the rise of the Reform Movement and the efforts to promote Islamic
Democracy;  the resistance to democratisation among the hardline elites.

"...Ansari has written a straightforward, though skilfully analytical, history of Iran" "Times Literary Supplement" (praise for the first edition)

Acknowledgementsp. viii
Glossaryp. ix
Chronology of Modern Iranp. xi
Mapp. xiv
Introductionp. 1
Reform and reactionp. 3
The Constitutional Revolutionp. 5
Social structuresp. 8
International integrationp. 9
Weapons of the weakp. 11
Analysing Iranian political structuresp. 12
The emergence of social forcesp. 15
Nationalismp. 16
A revolutionary centuryp. 20
Reza Khan and the Establishment of the Pahlavi Statep. 25
Iran in the aftermath of the Constitutional Revolutionp. 26
The coup of February 1921p. 30
Britain and the coup of 1921p. 32
The consolidation of power and the imposition of a new orderp. 33
Nationalism and the myth of the saviourp. 37
Domination of the Majlis and civilian reformsp. 40
The 'Republican' intermezzop. 43
Reza Shah: Modernisation and Tradition, 1926-41p. 50
The invention of traditionp. 51
The continuation of reform: nationalism and modernisationp. 53
Institutionalising the dynasty: the politics of dynastic nationalismp. 71
The fallp. 85
An assessmentp. 87
Political Pluralism and the Ascendancy of Nationalism, 1941-53p. 95
The levels of political awarenessp. 97
The mass mediap. 99
The radiop. 101
The limits of pluralityp. 101
The dominance of nationalismp. 102
Fragmentation: challenges to the Pahlavi state: the Allied Occupationp. 103
The tribal revoltsp. 107
The separatist movements in Azerbaijan and Kurdistanp. 109
Contested 'nationalisms'p. 119
The young Shah and the development of dynastic nationalismp. 121
Dr Mohammad Mosaddeq and the oil nationalisation crisisp. 127
Towards oil nationalisationp. 129
The premiership of Dr Mohammad Mosaddeq, 1951-53p. 134
The Consolidation of Power, 1953-60p. 159
A changing societyp. 161
The return of the Shahp. 162
The politics of consolidationp. 164
The 'Mosaddeq myth'p. 165
Ebtehaj and economic developmentp. 167
Cultivating the military: Iran and the Cold Warp. 170
The Shah ascendantp. 174
A fragile royal dominancep. 178
The 'White Revolution'p. 187
The roots of the 'White Revolution'p. 188
Social and economic developmentsp. 191
Amini and the launch of a 'white revolution'p. 192
The Shah and the 'White Revolution'p. 198
Towards the Great Civilisationp. 212
The crest of the wavep. 213
The international statesmanp. 222
Domestic tensionsp. 225
The 'Emperor of Oil'p. 229
Democratic centralism: the Rastakhiz (Resurrection) Partyp. 232
The myth of imperial authority: the apogee of sacral kingshipp. 235
Towards the Great Civilisationp. 237
Revolution, War and 'Islamic Republic'p. 246
The political frameworkp. 246
Reality bites: the fall of the Shahp. 250
The triumph of the revolution: the premiership of Bazarganp. 268
Warp. 287
The social and political consequences of the warp. 298
Rafsanjani and the ascendancy of the mercantile bourgeoisiep. 300
The Islamic Republic definedp. 302
The Khatami Presidencyp. 317
Khatami's first administrationp. 320
9/11 and its consequencesp. 329
Conclusion: A Century of Reform and Revolutionp. 340
Guide to Further Researchp. 346
Archival sources in Iranp. 347
Select Bibliographyp. 350
Documentary sources (Persian)p. 350
Documentary sources (English)p. 351
Newspapers and journals (Persian)p. 352
Newspapers and journals (English)p. 352
Secondary sources (Persian)p. 352
Secondary sources (English)p. 354
Indexp. 369
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ISBN: 9781405840842
ISBN-10: 1405840846
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 27th November 2007
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition