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From encounters with Western powers in the nineteenth century through to a Constitutional Revolution at the beginning of the twentieth century, and from the overthrow of the democratically elected Prime Minister Mosaddeq in the 1950s to the current Islamic Republic, Iran's history has rarely been far from tumultuous and dramatic. And the ways in which Iranian society has participated in and reacted to these events have been equally fascinating and revolutionary. Here for the first time in English, Yann Richard offers his take on the social and political history of Iran since 1800. Richard's account traces the common threads of national ideology and violent conflict that have characterised a number of episodes in Iranian history. By also concerning himself with the reactions and feelings of Iranian society, and by referring frequently to Persian sources and commentaries, Richard gives us a unique insight into the challenges encountered by Iranians in modern times.Read more
- An introductory text on Iranian history from 1800 to the present day
- Offers insight into key events, exploring how Iranian society reacted to these
- Yann Richard is an expert in the field; the research and sources he brings to this is unparalleled
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‘The book is well written, covers the main events in modern Iranian history up to the present, and will be an important source for scholars and others interested in understanding modern Iran.’ G. M. Farr, ChoiceSee more reviews
‘[Richard’s] passion for the country shines through the chapters of this work. The views expressed are quite trenchant in tone. Within the confines of 300-odd pages, the book is able to provide a broad-sweep explanation of all the major watershed events …’ The Commonwealth Lawyer Journal
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- Date Published: August 2019
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781108701624
- length: 366 pages
- dimensions: 227 x 153 x 21 mm
- weight: 0.54kg
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
1. Iran under the Qajars
2. Three Shahs, three wars, three reformers (1797–1896)
3. From revolts to the revolution (1880–1906)
4. The Constitutional Revolution: from illusion to reality (1905–08)
5. The nationalists' bitter victory (1908–12)
6. Iran in the Great War
7. The end of the Qajars
8. Rezā Khān to Rezā Shāh: defender of the nation
9. From Persia to Iran: foreign relations
10. The democratic awakening (1941–53)
11. The last reign of an immortal kingdom, Mohammad-Rezā Shāh
12. An Islamic Republic in Iran
Conclusion lies and truth
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