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

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Iran was the first country of the Middle East to experience (in 1905-1906) a popular revolution that demanded the rule of law and parliamentary government. Seeking to explain this pattern, Katouzian offers a theoretical framework for the study of Iranian history, state, and society which is then applied to social and political developments from the Constitutional Revolution to the fall of the Qajar state.

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Overview

Iran was the first country of the Middle East to experience (in 1905-1906) a popular revolution that demanded the rule of law and parliamentary government. Seeking to explain this pattern, Katouzian offers a theoretical framework for the study of Iranian history, state, and society which is then applied to social and political developments from the Constitutional Revolution to the fall of the Qajar state.

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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: 1,371,515
  • 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

Arbitrary Rule: A Comparative Theory of State, Politics and Society in Iran
• Liberty and Licence in the Constitutional Revolution
• Constitutionalism and Chaos
• The Campaign for the 1919 Agreement
• The Campaign against the 1919 Agreement
• The Fall of Vosuq
• The Fall of Moshir
• The Road to the 1921 Coup
• The 1921 Coup
• Reza Khan and the End of Chaos
• Reza Shah and the Modern Arbitrary Rule

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