Mohammad Mosaddeq and the 1953 Coup in Iran / Edition 1

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Overview

U.S. involvement in the 1953 coup that overthrew the elected prime minister of Iran and installed the Shah was not even officially admitted until Madeleine Albright acknowledged it in March of 2000, the year that witnessed the declassification of a flood of U.S. documents on the coup. Gasiorowski (political science, Louisiana State U.) and Byrne (research director of the George Washington U.- based National Security Archive) present seven papers of new research from scholars from the Iran, the US, and the former Soviet Union based on these uncovered archival sources as well as recently discovered documents from Iran and the former Soviet Union. The papers look at Iran's political environment in the early 1950s, the activities of the communist Tudeh party, British and American destabilization campaigns, and the factors that led the U.S. to undertake the coup. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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More books should have such a pedigree. This study grew out of an international conference held in Tehran in June 2000 and a follow-up meeting at Oxford two years later. The results are impressive: seven polished studies that speak to each other. The first three treat the topic as it is seen from within Iran; the first concentrates on Mosaddeq and his government, the second on various domestic forces in play, and the third on the Tudeh Party. The next three chapters treat the British role, the international oil boycott, U.S. policy toward Iran (set in its Cold War context), and, finally, a detailed reconstruction of U.S. involvement in the days leading up to the coup in August 1953. There are no surprises here, but the book does provide a richly detailed and tightly reasoned setting out of what might be dubbed the emerging scholarly synthesis: the British started it, but the United States took it over; Cold War concerns about "losing" Iran were a greater factor than was oil nationalization; and Mosaddeq faced growing domestic opposition and made important tactical mistakes in his final days-but he was toppled only because of outside intervention.
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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Contributors
Introduction
1 Mosaddeq's government in Iranian history : arbitrary rule, democracy, and the 1953 coup 1
2 Unseating Mosaddeq : the configuration and role of domestic forces 27
3 The 1953 coup in Iran and the legacy of the Tudeh 102
4 Britain and the overthrow of the Mosaddeq government 126
5 The international boycott of Iranian oil and the anti-Mosaddeq coup of 1953 178
6 The road to intervention : factors influencing U.S. policy toward Iran, 1945-1953 201
7 The 1953 coup d'etat against Mosaddeq 227
Conclusion : why did Mosaddeq fall? 261
Notes 281
Selected bibliography 341
Index 353
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