Iran: A Social and Political History since the Qajars

Iran: A Social and Political History since the Qajars

by Yann Richard


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From encounters with Western powers in the nineteenth century through to a Constitutional Revolution at the beginning of the twentieth century, and from the overthrow of the democratically elected Prime Minister Mosaddeq in the 1950s to the current Islamic Republic, Iran's history has rarely been far from tumultuous and dramatic. And the ways in which Iranian society has participated in and reacted to these events have been equally fascinating and revolutionary. Here for the first time in English, Yann Richard offers his take on the social and political history of Iran since 1800. Richard's account traces the common threads of national ideology and violent conflict that have characterised a number of episodes in Iranian history. By also concerning himself with the reactions and feelings of Iranian society, and by referring frequently to Persian sources and commentaries, Richard gives us a unique insight into the challenges encountered by Iranians in modern times.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781108701624
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/20/2019
Pages: 366
Product dimensions: 6.02(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

Yann Richard is Professor Emeritus at the Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle. A specialist of the history of contemporary Iran, Persian literature and the religious sociology of modern Shi'ism, he is the author of a number of books on modern Iran, and is also the co-editor of the 'Iran Studies' book series.

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Iran under the Qajars; 2. Three Shahs, three wars, three reformers (1797-1896); 3. From revolts to the revolution (1880-1906); 4. The Constitutional Revolution: from illusion to reality (1905-08); 5. The nationalists' bitter victory (1908-12); 6. Iran in the Great War; 7. The end of the Qajars; 8. Rezā Khān to Rezā Shāh: defender of the nation; 9. From Persia to Iran: foreign relations; 10. The democratic awakening (1941-53); 11. The last reign of an immortal kingdom, Mohammad-Rezā Shāh; 12. An Islamic Republic in Iran; Conclusion lies and truth; Chronology; Bibliography; Index.

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