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A History of Modern Iran

2nd Edition


  • Date Published: August 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316648148

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  • In a radical reappraisal of Iran's modern history, Ervand Abrahamian traces the country's traumatic journey from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day, through the discovery of oil, imperial interventions, the rule of the Pahlavis, and the birth of the Islamic Republic. The first edition was named the Choice Outstanding Academic Title in 2009. This second edition brings the narrative up to date, with the Green uprisings of 2009, the second Ahmadinejad administration, the election of Rouhani, and the Iran nuclear deal. Ervand Abrahamian, who is one of the most distinguished historians writing on Iran today, is a compassionate expositor, and at the heart of the book is the people of Iran, who have endured and survived a century of war and revolution.

    • A highly readable narrative of modern Iran, the first edition of which was named Choice Outstanding Academic Title in 2009
    • The new edition includes the Green uprisings of 2009, the second Ahmadinejad administration, the election of Rouhani, and the Iran nuclear deal
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    'The book's greatest achievement is that it helps the reader to straightforwardly navigate historical events since late nineteenth century that have shaped today's Iran. [It] unquestionably is a distinguished reference for those looking for a beautifully written narrative of contemporary history of Iran.' Seyed Ali Alavi, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: August 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316648148
    • length: 272 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 154 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • contains: 34 b/w illus. 2 maps 14 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction, 1. 'Royal despots': state and society under the Qajars
    2. Reform, revolution, and the Great War
    3. The iron fist of Reza Shah
    4. The nationalist interregnum
    5. Muhammad Reza Shah's White Revolution
    6. The Islamic Republic
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  • Author

    Ervand Abrahamian, City University of New York
    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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