State and Society in Iran: The Eclipse of the Qajars and the Emergence of the Pahlavis

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Homa Katouzian offers a theoretical framework for the study of modern Iranian history. In the model he proposes, Katouzian identifies a cycle of arbitrary rule leading to chaos, resulting in the further period of arbitrary rule, degenerating once more into chaos, and so on. The importance of Katouzian's analysis lies in the insights it provides into the present situation in Iran and the alternative prospects for its future, especially relevant since the accession of President Khatami and his attempts to lead the ...
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Overview

Homa Katouzian offers a theoretical framework for the study of modern Iranian history. In the model he proposes, Katouzian identifies a cycle of arbitrary rule leading to chaos, resulting in the further period of arbitrary rule, degenerating once more into chaos, and so on. The importance of Katouzian's analysis lies in the insights it provides into the present situation in Iran and the alternative prospects for its future, especially relevant since the accession of President Khatami and his attempts to lead the country towards moderation." "State and Society in Iran is not only for those interested in the history of modern Iran but also for all students of political science concerned with the developing world.
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It is hard to believe that Iran was the first Middle East country to experience a popular revolution (in 1905-6) that demanded the rule of law. Katouzian (Oriental studies, U. of Oxford) explains the paradoxical modern Iranian pattern via a theory of arbitrary rule. The pendulum has swung from the chaotic late Qatar period to Reza Shah's arbitrary rule, to the brief flowering of democracy back to Khomeini. His thesis has worrisome implications for the future given the current trend toward moderation. Appends US Ambassador Martin Herz's analysis of the political situation in 1964 from his book, (1964). Distributed by ISBS. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845112721
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/14/2006
  • Series: Library of Modern Middle East Studies
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,180,003
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Homa Katouzian is a social scientist and author of Sadeq Hedayat and Musaddiq and the Struggle for Power in Iran.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface
A Note on Method
1 Arbitrary rule: a comparative theory of state, politics and society in Iran 1
2 Liberty and licence in the Constitutional Revolution 25
3 Constitutionalism and Chaos 55
4 The campaign for the 1919 Agreement 88
5 The campaign against the 1919 Agreement 121
6 The Fall of Vosuq 164
7 The Fall of Moshir 188
8 The road to the 1921 Coup 214
9 The 1921 Coup 242
10 Reza Khan and the end of chaos 268
11 Reza Shah and modern arbitrary rule 304
Appendix 343
Index 347
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