Azerbaijan : Ethnicity and the Struggle for Power in Iran

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This is a study of modern Iranian political history and is set in the international context of the Second World War and its aftermath. The book covers the essential background in Iranian political history in the 20th century including the role played by Azerbaijani politicians in the Constitutional Revolution of 1905-6, the drastic reforms of the autocratic Reza Shah regime and its effect on ethnic identity in Iranian Azerbaijan, the abdication of the Shah, the role of the Allied Powers, and the occupations of Iran. The book draws on Turkish, Persian, and Azeri sources as well as British, French, American, and Soviet materials and interviews with surviving members of the period of autonomous government in Iranian Azerbaijan.

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A closely documented history of Azerbaijan<-->its attempts to become autonomous from the former Soviet Union and Iran, and its ultimate failure in 1946<-->presented here for its own sake, but also as a case study of issues of nationalism, ethnicity, and citizenship fundamental to 20th-century political struggles. To compile this intriguing Cold War story, Atabaki (Iranian and central Asian studies, U. of Utrecht, Holland) drew on newspapers, official Iranian government sources, Soviet archives, as well as primary documents of the autonomous movement and government, including interviews with surviving participants. Distributed by St. Martin's Press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781860645549
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,214,330
  • Product dimensions: 5.65 (w) x 11.13 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Touraj Atabaki is Professor of Oriental Studies at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands.

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Table of Contents

• Origins of the Azerbaijanis
• Genesis of the Autonomous Movement in Azerbaijan
• The Reign of Reza Shah
• The Rebirth of the Autonomous Movement in Azerbaijan
• The Democrat Party of Azerbaijan

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