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

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Using recently declassified State Department records, Mohammad Gholi Majd describes the manner in which the U.S. government guided and assisted American museums in acquiring vast quantities of Persian antiquities and archaeological finds. Majd also documents the looting of Persia's mosques and shrines, the transfer of these religious artifacts to London, and the subsequent acquisition of some of the objects by such museums as the Metropolitan of New York. In the evolution of American-Persian relations, the importance of the antiquities story has remained unrecognized.

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This academic book, which reads like an extended journal article with documentation in notes at the end of each chapter, proves fascinating in light of the Iraqi war and plunder of Iraq's antiques. 'The Great American Plunder of Persia's Antiquities' provides provocative food for thought about long-term U.S. involvement in the Middle East.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761825593
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Mohammad Gholi Majd holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Arthur Upham Pope and Persian Artifacts 29
Ch. 3 The Opening of Persia to Foreign Archaeology, 1923-1930: The Antiquities Law of 1930 55
Ch. 4 The Rush to Persia by American Museums 89
Ch. 5 Expedition to Persepolis by the Oriental Institute 127
Ch. 6 American Pressure and Persian Surrender 159
Ch. 7 Persepolis Expedition's New Field Director and New Concession 195
Ch. 8 Schmidt's Airplane and Turbulence in Iran-America Relations 223
Ch. 9 The Final Phase, 1937-1941: A Tale of Deceit and Coercion 241
Index 267
About the Author 277
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