The Great American Plunder of Persia's Antiquities, 1925-1941

The Great American Plunder of Persia's Antiquities, 1925-1941

by Mohammad Gholi Majd
     
 

Having previously visited a similar topic in his earlier Great Britain and Reza Shah: The Plunder of Iran 1921-1941 (University Press of Florida, 2001), Majd tells the story of, in his words, "a classic case of a powerful country extracting concessions from a weak, foreign-installed puppet regime that had no domestic support." Constructing his story from U.S.See more details below

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Having previously visited a similar topic in his earlier Great Britain and Reza Shah: The Plunder of Iran 1921-1941 (University Press of Florida, 2001), Majd tells the story of, in his words, "a classic case of a powerful country extracting concessions from a weak, foreign-installed puppet regime that had no domestic support." Constructing his story from U.S. State Department documents, he examines how, at a time when the Persian government under Reza Shah was completely dependent on U.S. and British support, the American diplomatic corps pressured the country into accepting an unfair "Antiquities Law," which it then used to fight for the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago in raiding one-fifth of the recently discovered ruins of Persepolis. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761825593
Publisher:
University Press of America
Publication date:
04/28/2003
Pages:
282
Product dimensions:
5.74(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.84(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Ch. 1Introduction1
Ch. 2Arthur Upham Pope and Persian Artifacts29
Ch. 3The Opening of Persia to Foreign Archaeology, 1923-1930: The Antiquities Law of 193055
Ch. 4The Rush to Persia by American Museums89
Ch. 5Expedition to Persepolis by the Oriental Institute127
Ch. 6American Pressure and Persian Surrender159
Ch. 7Persepolis Expedition's New Field Director and New Concession195
Ch. 8Schmidt's Airplane and Turbulence in Iran-America Relations223
Ch. 9The Final Phase, 1937-1941: A Tale of Deceit and Coercion241
Index267
About the Author277

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