Ethnicity, Identity, and the Development of Nationalism in Iran

Ethnicity, Identity, and the Development of Nationalism in Iran

by David Yaghoubian


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Ethnicity, Identity, and the Development of Nationalism in Iran investigates the ways in which Armenian minorities in Iran encountered Iranian nationalism and participated in its development over the course of the twentieth century. Based primarily on oral interviews, archival documents, memoirs, memorabilia, and photographs, the book examines the lives of a group of Armenian Iranians-a truck driver, an army officer, a parliamentary representative, a civil servant, and a scout leader-and explores the personal conflicts and paradoxes attendant upon their layered allegiances and compound identities. In documenting individual experiences in Iranian industry, military, government, education, and community organizations, the five social biographies detail the various roles of elites and nonelites in the development of Iranian nationalism and reveal the multiple forces that shape the processes of identity formation. Yaghoubian combines these portraits with a theoretical grounding to answer recurring pivotal questions about how nationalism evolves, why it is appealing, what broad forces and daily activities shape and sustain it, and the role of ethnicity in its development.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780815633594
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Publication date: 04/15/2014
Pages: 440
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

David N. Yaghoubian is associate professor of history at California State University in San Bernardino. He is coeditor with Edmund Burke III of Struggle and Survival in the Modern Middle East, second edition.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xxi

Introduction xxiii

1 Nationalism, Theory, and Social Biography 1

Part 1 Experiences with Iranian Nationalism

2 Iskandar Khan Setkhanian 47

3 Hagob Hagobian 89

4 Sevak Saginian 123

5 Lucik Moradiance 169

6 Nejde Hagobian 209

Part II Experience and Theory

7 Learning from Theory and Social Biography 263

Conclusion 281

Notes 301

Bibliogrphy 379

Index 395

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