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  • Cyrus Schayegh

This essay is an attempt to reflect on the past and on possible futures of the historiography of Pahlavi Iran. At its root stands the observation that with the rise of the autocratic Pahlavi dynasty, the state began to cast a long shadow over the way journalists, intellectuals, and scholars saw modern Iran. Key actors—Reza Shah Pahlavi (r. 1921–41) and his bureaucratic elite, and Muhammad Reza Shah Pahlavi (r. 1941–79) and his technocratic elite—produced an image of the state as a unit completely detached from society and omnipotent enough to be the ultimate reference point for all developments be they social, cultural, or economic.

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Cyrus Schayegh is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.; e-mail:
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Author's Note: I am deeply indebted to Naghmeh Sohrabi, Afsaneh Najmabadi, Rudi Matthee, Arang Keshavarzian, IJMES’ anonymous reviewers, and editor Beth Baron and managing editor Sara Pursley for their incisive comments. This research was made possible by a Swiss Foundation for the Sciences Fellowship for Advanced Scholars.

1 Trouillot, Michel-Rolph, Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (Boston: Beacon, 1995), 29. I have adopted the title of my essay from Scott, James C., Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1998).

2 Cronin, Stephanie, “Modernity, Change, and Dictatorship in Iran,” Middle Eastern Studies 39 (2003): 1. Matin-Asghari, Afshin, Iranian Student Opposition to the Shah (Costa Mesa, Calif.: Mazda, 2002), 3, uses the terms “state-centric” and “power-centric.” See also Melville, Charles, “Persian Local Histories,” Iranian Studies 33 (2000): 714.

3 For a general analysis of images of state-society dichotomy, see Mitchell, Timothy, “Society, Economy, and the State Effect,” in State/Culture, ed. Steinmetz, George (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1999), 7697.

4 McDaniel, Tim, Autocracy, Modernization, and Revolution in Russia and Iran (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1991).

5 Friedl, Erika, Children of Deh Koh: Young Life in an Iranian Village (Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse University Press, 1997); Loeffler, Reinhold, Islam in Practice: Religious Beliefs in a Persian Village (Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press, 1988); Tapper, Richard, Pasture and Politics: Economics, Conflict, and Ritual among the Shahsevan Nomads of Northwestern Iran (London: Academic Press, 1979). All of these are based on research conducted prior to 1979. See also Roy Mottahedeh's brilliant account of one Iranian's life and times, The Mantle of the Prophet: Religion and Politics in Iran (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1985) and Eric Hooglund's penetrating village case study-cum-general analysis, Land and Revolution in Iran, 1960–1980 (Austin, Tex.: University of Texas Press, 1982).

6 Anthropologist Lois Beck bemoans the lack of “local-level studies” of modern Beck, Iran., “Local Histories: A Longitudinal Study of a Qashqaʾi Subtribe in Iran,” in Iran and Beyond: Essays in Middle Eastern History in Honor of Nikki R. Keddie, ed. Matthee, Rudi and Baron, Beth (Costa Mesa, Calif.: Mazda, 2000), 265.

7 For example, see the excellent studies by Parsa, Misagh, Social Origins of the Iranian Revolution (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1989); Moaddel, Mansoor, Class, Politics, and Ideology in the Iranian Revolution (New York: Columbia University Press, 1993); Marashi, Afshin, Nationalizing Iran: Culture, Power, and the State, 1870–1940 (Seattle, Wash.: University of Washington Press, 2008).

8 This essay focuses on Anglophone and a few Persophone texts. It seems that German and French scholars of Pahlavi Iran also embraced methodological statism, but I am not in a position to make an informed judgment.

9 See, for example, Cronin, Stephanie, Tribal Politics in Iran: Rural Conflict and the New State, 1921–1941 (London: Routledge, 2007); idem, “Popular Protest, Disorder, and Riot in Iran: The Tehran Crowd and the Rise of Riza Khan, 1921–1925,” International Review of Social History 50 (2005): 167–201; Atabaki, Touraj, ed., The State and the Subaltern: Modernization, Society, and the State in Turkey and Iran (London: I. B. Tauris, 2007); Rostam-Kolayi, Jasamin, “Origins of Iran's Modern Girls’ Schools: From Private/National to Public/State,” Journal of Middle East Women's Studies 4 (2008): 5888; Keshavarzian, Arang, Bazaar and State in Iran: The Politics of the Tehran Marketplace (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007); Schayegh, Cyrus, Who Is Knowledgeable Is Strong: Science, Class, and the Formation of Modern Iranian Society, 1900–1950 (Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press, 2009); idem, “Serial Murder in Tehran: Crime, Science, and the Formation of Modern State and Society in Interwar Iran,” Journal for Comparative Studies in History and Society 47 (2005): 836–62.

10 Scott's Seeing Like a State is an anthropologist's study of what he calls “high modernism.” Although he refers to Western high modernists, he focuses on how certain Communist and developing states framed people and nature in ways that simplified complex realities and created the impression of full top-down state control.

11 My personal files and my italics.

12 Social scientists still debate this difference; a foundational text is Philip Abrams, “Notes on the Difficulty of Studying the State,” Journal of Historical Sociology 1 (1988 [1977]): 58–89.

13 Khachâyar, Ali-Asghar, Le culte d'État chez la nation iranienne (Paris: Lipschutz, 1936).

14 Jean-Pierre Digard et al., L'Iran au XXe siècle (Paris: Fayard, 1996), 60.

15 Kazimi, Mushfiq, “Inqilab-i Ijtimaʿi,” Farangistan 1 (1924): 6. For negative views of the mashrutih, see Katouzian, Homa, State and Society in Iran: The Eclipse of the Qajars and the Emergence of the Pahlavis (London: I. B. Tauris, 2000), chaps. 2, 3.

16 Hussein ‘Alavi, “Sihhat-i Tudih,” Ittilaʿat, 5 April 1936.

17 “Nukat va Mulahazat,” Kavih (4 September 1921), quoted in Jamshid Bihnam, Berliniha (Tehran: Farzan, 2000), 181. See also Atabaki, Touraj and Zürcher, Erik Jan, eds., “Introduction,” in Men of Order: Authoritarian Modernization under Ataturk and Reza Shah (London: I. B. Tauris, 2004), 3ff.; Epkenhans, Tim, Moral und Disziplin. Seyyed Hasan Taqizade und die Konstruktion eines “progressiven Selbst” in der frühen iranischen Moderne (Berlin: Klaus Schwarz, 2005), 4, 195.

18 Afshari, Muhammad Reza, “The Historians of the Constitutional Movement and the Making of the Iranian Populist Tradition,” International Journal of Middle East Studies 25 (1993): 477–94, argues that differing interpretations of the mashrutih all framed it as a tragic failure.

19 Schivelbusch, Wolfgang, Entfernte Verwandtschaften: Faschismus, Nationalsozialismus, New Deal, 1933–1939 (München, Germany: Carl Hanser, 2005), 10.

20 Hobsbawm, Eric, The Age of Extremes: A History of the World, 1914–1991 (New York: Vintage, 1998), 109; Atabaki and Zürcher, “Introduction,” 4. For Turkey, see “Aghaznamih,” Ayandih 1 (1925): 5; for Italy, Kazimi, “Inqilab,” 7; and for Germany, the journal Iran-i Bastan (1932–35). For the authoritarian turn, see Epkenhans, Moral, 344–47.

21 Ansari, Ali, Modern Iran: The Pahlavis and After (Harlow: Pearson, 2007), 7185, 121–27.

22 Idem., “The Myth of the White Revolution: Shah, Mohammad Reza, ‘Modernization’ and the Consolidation of Power,” Middle Eastern Studies 37 (2001): 2; Roman Siebertz, Die Briefmarken Irans als Mittel der politischen Bildpropaganda (Wien: Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2005), Abb. 26 (Figure 1, stamp issued in 1930), Abb. 80 (Figure 2, stamp issued in 1947), Abb. 69 (Figure 3, stamp issued in 1969).

23 Matthee, Rudi, “Transforming Dangerous Nomads into Useful Artisans, Technicians, Agriculturalists: Education in the Reza Shah Period,” Iranian Studies 26 (1993): 326.

24 Hammih Bihtar Zindigi Kunim (Tehran: Nashriyih-yi Idarih-yi Kull-i Amuzishi-yi Buzurgsalan, 1964), back of front cover, 101.

25 See, for example, Marashi, Nationalizing Iran, 139.

26 Farah, Empress, Kayhan International, 5 March 1977. Cited in Ervand Abrahamian, Radical Islam: The Iranian Mojahedin (London: I. B. Tauris, 1989), 9.

27 Grigor, Talinn, “Preserving the Antique Modern: Persepolis 71,” Future Anterior 2 (2005): 22.

28 Donald Wilber, Four Hundred Forty-six Kings of Iran (Tehran: Offset, 1972). Western archaeologists and art historians working in Iran helped establish the notions of age-old kingship and nationhood; see Grigor, Talinn, “Recultivating ‘Good Taste’: The Early Pahlavi Modernists and their Society for National Heritage,” Iranian Studies 37 (2004): 3033. Later, they often uncritically accepted kingship; see Pio Filippani-Ronconi, “The Tradition of Sacred Kingship in Iran,” in Iran under the Pahlavis, ed. George Lenczowski (Stanford, Calif.: Hoover Press, 1978), 51–83.

29 Grigor, “Recultivating ‘Good Taste.’”

30 Mina Marefat, “Building to Power: Architecture of Tehran, 1921–1941” (PhD diss., MIT, 1988), 99 (quote), 93.

31 David Holden, “Shah of Shahs, Shah of Dreams: Napoleonic Vision of Iran as a New Japan,” The New York Times, 26 May 1974, 9, 46, 48.

32 Sick, Gary, All Fall Down: America's Tragic Encounter with Iran (London: I. B. Tauris, 1985), 20.

33 Marashi, Nationalizing Iran, 139, quoting Newsweek 78 (27 September 1971), 61.

34 Hettche, Thomas, “In der Eiseskälte eines kostbaren Moments,” DU 6 (2006), (accessed 26 February 2008).

35 Nan Robertson, “Rich Spend Away Recession Jitters in the Swiss Alps,” The New York Times, 2 March 1975, 26.

36 Daniela Meier, Helvetias guter Draht zum Pfauenthron: die Beziehungen der Schweiz zu Iran (1946–1978) (Zürich: Orell Füssli, 2002), 235; “Giscard Will Confer Today with the Shah at St. Moritz,” New York Times, 17 February 1975, 32.

37 Scott, Seeing Like a State, 88, 4. See also Ferguson, James, The Anti-Politics Machine: “Development,” Depoliticization, and Bureaucratic Power in Lesotho (Minneapolis, Minn.: University of Minnesota Press, 1994); Latham, Michael, “Introduction,” in Staging Growth: Modernization, Development, and the Global Cold War, ed. Engerman, David C. et al. (Amherst, Mass.: University of Massachusetts Press, 2003), 131.

38 Abolbashar Farmanfarmaian, “Mr. T. V. A. in Iran,” Danneshjoo 3, no. 3 (1956): 9.

39 Interview (in Persian) with Abolhassan Ebtehaj, 1 December 1981, Cannes, France, tape 11, Harvard Iranian Oral History Project (henceforth HIOHP), (accessed 28 September 2009); interview (in English) with Khodadad Farmanfarmaian, 10 November 1982 to 19 January 1983, Cambridge, Mass., HIOHP, (accessed 28 September 2009); Frances Bostock and Jones Geoffrey, Planning and Power in Iran: Ebtehaj and Economic Development under the Shah (London: Frank Cass, 1989).

40 Lilienthal, David E., The Journals of David E. Lilienthal (New York: Harper & Row, 1969), 5:127.

41 Farmanfarmaian, HIOHP interview, 19 January 1983, tape 14, and 14 December 1982, tape 7. In a similar vein, A. Reza Sheikholeslami, “Administration. ii. The Pahlavi Period (1921–1979),” in Encyclopedia Iranica, ed. Ehsan Yarshater (London: Routledge, 1985), 1:470, states that the insertion of PO technocrats into “important administrative positions in other government departments” was greatly “resent[ed] [by] the more traditional bureaucrats.”

42 International Labor Office Archives, Geneva, Switzerland (hereafter ILO), Correspondence [C-] 48–2-131, May 1962, p. 1ff.; PO project 15714 on slums: Mustafa Nirumand and Major Ahsan, Hashiyih-nishinan-i Bandar Abbas (Tehran: ISSR, 1972); Mustafa Nirumand and Muhammad-Riza Husseini Kaziruni, Hashiyih-nishinan-i Ahvaz (Tehran: ISSR, 1973). See also Taqi Azad Armaki, Jamiʿih-shinasi-yi Jamiʿih-shinasi dar Iran (Tehran: Nashr-i Kalimah, 1999), 26–28, 48–52.

43 Ehsan Naraqi, “Mutalaʿat va Tahqiqat-i Ijtimaʿi,” in Sukhanraniha va Guzarishha dar Nakhustin Siminar-i Muʾassisah-yi Mutaliʿat va Tahqiqat-i Ijtimaʿi dar barih-yi Masaʾil-i Ijtimaʿi-yi Shahr-i Tehran, ed. ISSR (Tehran: n.p., 1962), 9.

44 Sheikholeslami, “Administration,” 1:470.

45 Farmanfarmaian, HIOHP interview, 19 January 1983, tape 15.

46 Interview with Richard N. Frye, 10 October 1984, Cambridge, Mass., tape 4, HIOHP, (accessed 28 September 2009).

47 Ibid., tape 5.

48 For repression from 1921 to 1979, see Ervand Abrahamian, Tortured Confessions: Prisons and Public Recantations in Modern Iran (Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press, 1999), 17–123; for SAVAK, see Christian Delannoy, SAVAK (Paris: Stock, 1990).

49 Nick Thomas, Protest Movements in 1960s West Germany: A Social History of Dissent and Democracy (Oxford: Berg, 2003), 107.

50 Meier, Helvetias, 246.

51 Hamid Shukat, Tarikh-i Bist Salih-yi Kunfidirasiun-i Jahani-yi Muhassilin va Danishjuyan-i Iran (Saarbrücken: Baztab, 1993), 2:396, 436; quotes are taken from the declarations of the 1971 and 1972 CISNU congresses.

52 Meier, Helvetias, 246.

53 “Amnesty Says 1,000 Arrests in Iran,” Guardian, 26 November 1970, 4; “Ruthless Torture in Iran, Says Amnesty,” Guardian, 29 November 1976, 4.

54 “Iranian Students Protest Government Oppression,” Christian Science Monitor, 6 March 1972, 14; Meier, Helvetias, 273–77.

55 “Iran Accused,” New York Times, 29 February 1976, 5; Baraheni, Reza, Crowned Cannibals: Writings on Repression in Iran (New York: Vintage, 1977); “Quiet, SAVAK May Be Listening,” Chicago Tribune, 3 January 1975, A4; Philip Jacobson, “Torture in Iran,” Sunday Times, 19 January 1975; CISNU, “Bericht eines Gefolterten,” Iran Report (April 1977): 70–78.

56 Gavin Young, “The Shah's Police State,” Observer, 23 November 1975, 25; on SAVAK, see Halliday, Fred, Iran: Dictatorship and Development (New York: Penguin, 1979), 7890.

57 Nafisi, Saʿid, Sukhanraniha-yi Amuzishgah-i Parvarish-i Afkar. Pishraftha-yi Iran dar ʿAsr-i Pahlavi (Tehran: Parvarish-i Afkar, 1939), 2.

58 Politisches Archiv des Auswärtigen Amtes (German Foreign Office), Berlin, Germany, file R78162 (“Der Schah und seine Familie—Personalien”), report A389 (“Inhalt: Persönlichkeit des Schahs”), 4, Ambassador Blücher to Auswärtiges Amt, Tehran, 27 October 1933; Ansari, Modern Iran, 89, n. 6; Hinz, Walther, Iran: Politik und Kultur von Kyros bis Riza Schah (Leipzig: Bibliographisches Institut, 1938); Elwell-Sutton, Laurence Paul, Modern Iran (London: Routledge, 1941), chaps. 5, 7.

59 Banani, Amin, The Modernization of Iran, 1921–1941 (Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1961), 1, 45.

60 Ibid., 28–31.

61 Ibid., 24, 48.

62 Ibid., 21.

63 Ibid., 4.

64 Ibid., vii.

65 Ibid., 146ff.

66 Westad, Odd Arne, The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions and the Making of Our Times (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007).

67 Engerman, David et al. , eds., Staging Growth: Modernization, Development, and the Global Cold War (Amherst, Mass.: University of Massachusetts Press, 2003).

68 Gilman, Nils, Mandarins of the Future: Modernization Theory in Cold War America (Baltimore, Md.: John Hopkins University, 2003), 31.

69 Gendzier, Irene, Managing Political Change: Social Scientists and the Third World (Boulder, Colo.: Westview, 1985), 47.

70 Binder, Leonard, Iran: Political Development in a Changing Society (Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press, 1962), xi; Bill, James, The Politics of Iran: Groups, Classes, and Modernization (Columbus, Ohio: Merrill, 1972), viii, 40, 142.

71 For a Marxist critique of this problem, see Halliday, Iran, 314, n. 2.

72 Lerner, Daniel, The Passing of Traditional Society: Modernizing the Middle East (New York, N.Y.: Free Press, 1958), 359.

73 Binder, Iran, 349ff.

74 Bill, Politics, 1 (my italics).

75 Ibid., 57.

76 Ibid., chaps. 3–6, 156 (quote).

77 Ibid., 61, 68, 119ff.

78 Ahmad, Jalal Al-i, Plagued by the West (Gharbzadegi), trans. Sprachman, Paul (Delmar: Caravan, 1982 [1962]), 65ff.

79 Ibid., 68.

80 Ibid., 70, 67, 50, 81.

81 Ibid., 67, see also 50, 66, 77.

82 Ibid., 67. For critical intellectuals, see also Gheissari, Ali, “Truth and Method in Modern Iranian Historiography and Social Sciences,” Critique 6 (1995): 50, 54.

83 “Pazhuhishha-yi Adabi, Pazhuhishha-yi Tarikhi,” Farhang va Zindigi 6 (1971): 104–33.

84 Nikki Keddie, e-mail to author, 2 February 2009.

85 Aghaie, Kamran, “Islam and Nationalist Historiography,” Studies on Contemporary Islam 2 (2000): 2046. Historians were also hindered by limited access to ministerial archives. See Cronin, Stephanie, “Writing the History of Modern Iran,” Iran 36 (1998): 179, and Amanat, Abbas, “The Study of History in Post-revolutionary Iran,” Iranian Studies 22 (1989): 4. For the problems in building the Iran National Archives Administration, see Angel, Herbert, “Archives in Developing Countries: Iran as a Case Study,” The American Archivist 35 (1972): 173–82.

86 Bill, James, “Iran and the Crisis of 1978,” Foreign Affairs 57 (1978): 327; Abrahamian, Ervand, “Structural Causes of the Iranian Revolution,” MERIP Reports 87 (1980): 21.

87 Abrahamian, Ervand, “Iran in Revolution,” MERIP special issue 9 (1979): 3; see also Bill, “Iran,” 331.

88 Abrahamian, Ervand, Iran between Two Revolutions (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1982); Halliday, Iran; Katouzian, Homa, The Political Economy of Modern Iran (New York: New York University Press, 1981); Keddie, Nikki, Roots of Revolution (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1981).

89 Homa Katouzian, e-mails to author, 23 and 26 January 2009. Other scholars emphasized that 1951–53 greatly affected their view of Iran: Ervand Abrahamian, e-mail to author, 24 January 2009; Nikki Keddie, e-mail to author, 2 February 2009; Misagh Parsa, e-mail to author, 28 January 2009.

90 Katouzian, Political Economy, especially chaps. 2, 12.

91 Halliday, Iran, 7, 314ff., n. 2.

92 Ibid., 16.

93 Ibid., 27.

94 Ibid., 14.

95 Ibid., 50–54.

96 Ibid., 54.

97 Keddie, Roots, 94, 283, n. 22. Two other optimists were Donald Wilber and Laurence Elwell-Sutton.

98 Ibid., 93 (quote), 112, 174.

99 Ibid., 107ff. (quote), 160.

100 Ibid., 94.

101 Ibid., 142–182.

102 Keddie, Nikki, “Introduction,” in Modern Iran, ed. Keddie, Nikki et al. (Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press, 1981), 1 (quote).

103 Ervand Abrahamian, “Social Bases of Iranian Politics: The Tudeh Party, 1941–53” (PhD diss., Columbia University, 1969), 10. Abrahamian was intellectually influenced by Christopher Hill, E. P. Thompson, George Rudé, and Eric Hobsbawm. Idem, e-mail to author, 24 January 2009; see also idem, “The Crowd in Iranian Politics,” Past and Present 41 (1968): 184–210.

104 Idem, e-mail to author, 24 January 2009.

105 Idem, “Crowd,” 184.

106 See, already in 1980, Abrahamian, “Structural Causes.”

107 Idem, Radical Islam; idem, Khomeinism: Essays on the Islamic Republic (Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press, 1993); idem., Tortured Confessions.

108 Idem, A History of Modern Iran (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008), 1 (quote), 75, 131, 134.

109 See, for example, Moaddel, Class, Politics, and Ideology; Marashi, Nationalizing Iran.

110 Houchang Chehabi, “The Pahlavi Period,” Iranian Studies 31 (1998): 495, states that “the upheavals of the postrevolutionary years have preoccupied scholars so much that the detailed and dispassionate analysis of Iran under its last dynasty is still in its infancy.”

111 Trouillot, Silencing, 19–21.

112 Iggers, Georg, Historiography in the Twentieth Century (Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press, 1997), 66.

113 Also, some Iranians are wary that “writing a [‘true’] history . . . would put the writer at risk. . . .,” Setrag Manuoukian, “The City of Knowledge: History and Culture in Contemporary Shiraz” (PhD diss., University of Michigan, 2001), 179.

114 Cronin, “Writing,” 182. For an example of the state's rosy self-representation, see “Nizam-i Siyasi-yi Iran va Taʾsir-i an dar Vahdat-i Milli,” Farhang va Zindigi 25 (1978): 49–58. In the 1970s, Fadaiyan Amir Parviz Puyan—“whose theoretical essay The Necessity of Armed Struggle and a Refutation of the Theory of Survival was widely distributed among students and intellectuals”—described Iran as a country molded by “two absolutes” (du mutlaq), an all-controlling state and a powerless working class. Behrooz, Maziar, Rebels With a Cause: The Failure of the Left in Iran (London: I. B. Tauris, 1999), 52.

115 Ettehadieh, Mansoureh and Bayat, Kaveh, “The Riza Shah Period,” Iranian Studies 26 (1993): 419. See, for example, Islamiyih, Mustafa, Reza Khan Maksim (Tehran: Agha, 1992); Hakimi, Mahmud, Dastanhai az ʿAsr-i Reza Shah (Tehran: Qalam, 1986).

116 Muzaffar Shahidi, Mardi bara-yi Tamam-i Fusul: Asad Allah ʿAlam va Saltanat-i Muhammad Reza Shah Pahlavi (Tehran: Muʾassisih-yi Mutaliʿat va Pazhuhishha-yi Siyasi [hereafter MMPS], 2000); Tuluʿi, Mahmud, Bazigaran-i ʿAsr-i Pahlavi (Tehran: Tak, 1993); Dawlatmardan-i ʿAsr-i Pahlavi bi-Rivayat-i Asnad-i Savak (Tehran: Markaz-i Barrisi-yi Asnad-i Tarikhi-yi Vizarat-i Ittilaʿat, 2006); Nasir Mashayikh, Palang-i Siyah: Zindigani-yi Ashraf Pahlavi (Tehran: Intisharat-i Asnad-i Inqilab-i Islami, 2001). HIOHP has published a series of interviews with politicians; see, for example, Shapur Bakhtiar, Khatirat-i Shapur Bakhtiar, ed. Habib Ladjevardi (Tehran: Ziba, 2001).

117 Muʿtazid, Khusruw, Miʿmaran-i ʿAsr-i Pahlavi (Tehran: Nashr-i Salis, 2000), 9.

118 Fuyuzat, Ibrahim, Dawlat dar ʿAsr-i Pahlavi (Tehran: Chapakhsh, 1996), 133.

119 Muhammadi, Mujtaba-zadih, Lumpanha dar Siyasat-i ʿAsr-i Pahlavi (Tehran: Markaz, 2006); MMPS, ed., Sukut (Tehran: MMPS, 2005).

120 Abrahamian, Radical Islam; Chehabi, Houchang, Iranian Politics and Religious Modernism: The Liberation Movement of Iran under the Shah and Khomeini (London: I. B. Tauris, 1990); Parsa, Social Origins; Behrooz, Rebels; Matin-Asghari, Student Opposition.

121 However, see Akhavi, Shahrough, Religion and Politics in Contemporary Iran (Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press, 1980); Aghaie, Kamran, The Martyrs of Karbala: Shiʿi Symbols and Rituals in Modern Iran (Seattle, Wash.: University of Washington Press, 2004). See also van den Bos, Matthijs, Mystic Regimes: Sufism and the State in Iran, from the Late Qajar Era to the Islamic Republic (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2002).

122 Arjomand, Said Amir, The Turban for the Crown: The Islamic Revolution in Iran (New York: Oxford University Press, 1988). Other classics are Dabashi, Hamid, Theology of Discontent: The Ideological Foundation of the Islamic Revolution in Iran (New York: New York University Press, 1993); Fischer, Michael, Iran: From Religious Dispute to Revolution (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1980); Keddie, Nikki, ed., Religion and Politics in Iran: Shiʿism from Quietism to Revolution (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1983); Martin, Vanessa, Creating an Islamic State: Khomeini and the Making of a New Iran (London: I. B. Tauris, 2000).

123 Cronin, Tribal Politics, 3. See also Rostam-Kolayi, “Origins”; Schayegh, Who Is Knowledgeable; idem, “Serial Murder.”

124 Milani, Abbas, The Persian Sphinx: Amir Abbas Hoveyda and the Riddle of the Iranian Revolution (Washington, D.C.: Mage, 2001); Nasr, Vali, “Politics within the Late-Pahlavi State: The Ministry of Economy and Industrial Policy,” International Journal of Middle East Studies 32 (2000): 97122; Schayegh, Cyrus, “The Development of Social Insurance in Iran: Technical-Financial Conditions and Political Rationales, 1941–1960,” Iranian Studies 39 (2006): 539–68. See also HIOHP and Foundation of Iranian Studies Oral History Collection interviews.

125 Keshavarzian, Bazaar and State; see also Kaveh Ehsani, “Social Engineering and the Contradictions of Modernization in Khuzestan's Company Towns,” International Review of Social History 48 (2003): 361–99.

126 Cronin, Stephanie, ed., Subalterns and Social Protest: History from Below in the Middle East and North Africa (London: Routledge, 2008); idem, “Popular Protest”; Atabaki, State and Subaltern.

127 Ansari, Modern Iran, 3ff.

128 Keshavarzian, Bazaar and State; Cronin, Tribal Politics.

129 See anthropologists’ collaboration: Mary Elaine Hegland and Erika Friedl, “Methods Applied: Political Transformation and Recent Ethnographic Fieldwork in Iran,” Anthropology of the Middle East 1 (2006): 8ff.

130 For Iranian archives, see Ansari, Modern Iran, 346–49.

131 However, see Amin, Camron, The Making of the Modern Iranian Woman (Gainesville, Fla.: University Press of Florida, 2002); Elwell-Sutton, Laurence, “The Iranian Press, 1941–1947,” Iran 6 (1968): 65104.

132 However, see Damandan, Parisa, Portrait Photographs from Isfahan: Faces in Transition, 1920–1950 (London: SAQI 2004); Sheikh, Reza, “Asnad-i Tasviri: Uful-i Tamsal-i Humayuni, Naqdi bar ʿAksha-yi mashrutiyat,” Tarikh-i Muʿasir-i Iran 3 (1999): 319–23; Sreberny-Mohammadi, Annabelle and Mohammadi, Ali, Small Media, Big Revolution: Communication, Culture, and the Iranian Revolution (Minneapolis, Minn.: University of Minnesota Press, 1994), chap. 4.

133 Oral historians are less dependent than anthropologists on extended field research. If anthropologists can work under difficult circumstances in Iran—as Mary Hegland shows, for example—historians should be able to do so too. See Hegland, “Zip In and Zip Out Fieldwork,” Iranian Studies 37 (2004): 575–83.

134 Hooglund, Land and Revolution, esp. 83, 87, 121ff.

135 ILO, Technical Assistance Program [hereafter: TAP] 0–48-4–3, Letter, Tambouri to Paléologos, Geneva, 24 March 1965; ILO, TAP 0–48-4–6, Note d'information, Cuccodoro to Khadjenouri, Tehran, 24 January 1967, p. 21.

136 ILO, TAP 0–48-4–3, Rapport no. 3 [by] Paléologos and Proust, Tehran, 30 April 1965, p. 3ff.

137 Undated copy of letter to Burujirdi on prime minister stationery; reference to the letter and this particular flood in: Memo, Vizarat-i Kishvar to Sazman-i Barnamih, 8.7.1332s (30 September 1953). All records in nn. 137–44 form part of file 293006906 in Sazman-i Asnad-i Milli, Tehran, Iran.

138 Memo, Vizarat-i Kishvar to Bungah-i ‘Umrani-yi Kishvar, 7.9.1333s (28 November 1954), no. 2/47566.

139 Memo, Haji Asadullah Namazikhah to Nakhust Vazir, 26.12.1332s (17 March 1954), no. 1897; memo signed by several dozen people, 30.6.1328s (21 September 1949), no. 2272.

140 Memo, Farmandari-yi Qom to Vazir-i Kishvar, 11.9.1332s (2 December 1953), no. 3653; Memo, Farmandari-yi Qom to Vazir-i Kishvar, 2.7.1332s (24 September 1953), no. 2412.

141 Memo, Shahrdari-yi Qom to Idarih-yi Farmandari-yi Shahristan, 11.9.1333s (2 December 1954), no. 5402.

142 Memo, Vizarat-i Kishvar to Sazman-i Mali-yi Barnamih, 24.8.1328s (15 November 1949), no. 2815; Memo, Bungah-i Rah-ahan-i Dawlati-yi Iran to Vizarat-i Kishvar, 28.6.1328s (19 September 1949), no. 17927. Memo, Nakhust-Vazir to Vizarat-i Kishvar, 15.10.1333s (5 January 1955), no. 24778; referring to the PO: Memo, Bungah-i ʿUmrani-yi Kishvar to Vizarat-i Kishvar, 10.8.1333s (1 November 1954), no. /9484.

143 Memo, R. H. Werkinger, U.S. emergency fund, to Bungah-i ‘Umrani-yi Vizarat-i Kishvar, 24.9.1332s (15 December 1953), no. /15754.

144 Memo, Shahrdari-yi Qom to Mudir-i Kull-i Idarih-yi Umur-i Shahrdari-ha, 9.9.1331s (30 November 1952), no. 5040; Report, Shahrdari-yi Qom, 28.1.1333s (17 April 1954), separate no. 681; Report, Shahrdari-yi Qom, 28.1.1333s (17 April 1954), no. 85; Report, Shahrdari-yi Qom, 31.1.1333s (20 April 1954), no. 100.

145 See, for example, Sewell, William, Logics of History: Social Theory and Social Transformation (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005), 42.

146 Idem, Work and Revolution in France: The Language of Labor from the Old Regime to 1848 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1980); Darnton, Robert, The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History (New York: Vintage, 1984); Bonnell, Victoria and Hunt, Lynn, eds., “Introduction,” in Beyond the Cultural Turn (Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press, 1999), 132.

147 For European everyday-life history, see Lüdtke, Alf, ed., The History of Everyday Life (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1995); Iggers, Historiography, 101–17. For microhistory, see Ginzburg, Carlo, “Microhistory: Two or Three Things I Know About It,” Critical Inquiry 20 (1993): 1035; Levi, Giovanni, “On Microhistory,” in New Perspectives on Historical Writing, ed. Burke, Peter (University Park, Penn.: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2001), 97119.

148 Blackbourn, David, Marpingen: Apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Bismarckian Germany (Oxford: Clarendon, 1993); Kotkin, Stephen, Magnetic Mountain: Stalinism as a Civilization (Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press, 1995).

149 An ongoing PhD dissertation dealing with consumerism is Pamela Karimi, “Aesthetics and Ethics of the Iranian Home in the Age of Globalism” (MIT).

150 For the economic data, see Paul Vieille et al., “Le bazaar et le tournant économique des années 1954–1960,” Studia Iranica 1 (1972): 55ff.

151 After 1953, Iran pressured the United States into financing infrastructural projects like the Karaj Dam that, although making little technical sense in the form proposed, were seen to stabilize the postcoup-state's shaky public standing. National Archives and Records Administration, Research Group 469, box 15, folder 504.1, memo, Harold Stassen, Karaj Dam Project, Washington, 8 October 1954. See also the (later) Workers’ Welfare Bank: interview (in Persian) with Ghassem Ladjevardi, 29 January 1983, Los Angeles, tape 2, HIOHP.

152 However, see Amin, Camron, “Importing ‘Beauty Culture’ into Iran in the 1920s and 1930s,” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 24 (2004): 81100. Figure 5: Ittila'at, various issues in September 1933; Figures 6 and 7: Ittila'at, various issues in April and May 1960.

153 Paidar, Parvin, Women and the Political Process in Twentieth-Century Iran (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995), 164.

154 Ibid., 157, about women's general position.

155 Bonine, Michael, “Shops and Shopkeepers: Dynamics of an Iranian Provincial Bazaar,” in Continuity and Change in Modern Iran, ed. Bonine, Michael and Keddie, Nikki (Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press, 1981), 226.

156 Ibid., 224–26; Hooglund, Eric, “The Khwushnishin Population of Iran,” Iranian Studies 6 (1973): 234ff.

157 ISSR, “Musahibih-i Azad ba Alunak-nishinan-i Tehran,” typographed study (Tehran: ISSR, n.d.); Sattareh Farman-Farmaian Papers, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University; Kazemi, Farhad, Poverty and Revolution in Iran: The Migrant Poor, Urban Marginality, and Politics (New York: New York University Press, 1980).

158 Firoozi, Ferydoon, “Tehran: A Demographic and Economic Analysis,” Middle Eastern Studies 10 (1974): 67.

159 Floor, Willem, “The Brickworkers of Khatunabad,” International Review of Social History 48 (2003): 441; Dariush Bihazin and Anushirvan Rastumpur, “Gida'i va Vilgardi,” typographed study (Tehran: ISSR, 1968), 17.

160 Ibid.; ISSR, “Musahibih”; about Tehran's Ferdowsi department store, see, for example, interview (in Persian) with Akbar Ladjevardian, 11 October 1982, Houston, tape 1, HIOHP.

161 Al-i Ahmad, Plagued by the West, 80, n. 137.

162 Abrahamian, “Structural Causes,” 25; Rejali, Dariush, Torture and Modernity: Self, Society, and State in Modern Iran (Boulder, Colo.: Westview, 1993); see also Walkowitz, Judith, City of Dreadful Delight: Narratives of Sexual Danger in Late-Victorian London (Chicago, Ill.: University of Chicago Press, 1992).

163 Available at (accessed 29 January 2008).

164 Billy Wilder, One, Two, Three (1961); see also Reinhold Wagnleiter, Coca-colonization and the Cold War: The Cultural Mission of the United States in Austria after the Second World War (Chapel Hill, N.C.: University of North Carolina Press, 1995).

165 Vahabzadeh, Peyman, “Bizhan Jazani and the Problems of Historiography of the Iranian Left (Review Essay),” Iranian Studies 38 (2005): 170.

166 Kotkin, Magnetic Mountain, 21.

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