The Quest for Democracy in Iran: A Century of Struggle against Authoritarian Rule

The Quest for Democracy in Iran: A Century of Struggle against Authoritarian Rule

by Fakhreddin Azimi

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Overview

The Constitutional Revolution of 1906 launched Iran as a pioneer in a broad-based movement to establish democratic rule in the non-Western world. In a book that provides essential context for understanding modern Iran, Fakhreddin Azimi traces a century of struggle for the establishment of representative government.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674057067
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 09/30/2010
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 512
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Fakhreddin Azimi is Professor of History at the University of Connecticut.

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface

Note on Transliteration

Prologue: In Search of a National Covenant

Part I. Constituting a National Community (1906–1953)

1. Constitutional Trial and Error

2. Pahlavist Absolutism

3. Restoration of Parliamentary Politics

Part II. Authoritarian Supremacy: Consolidation and Collapse (1953–1979)

4. The Trajectories of Monarchism

5. Revolution: Chronicle of an Implosion

6. The Edifice and Emplacements of Royal Rule

7. Elective Affinities: Western Imperial Interests and Authoritarian Monarchy

8. The Architecture of Royalist Hegemony

9. A Culture of Confrontation

Part III. The Eclipse of Popular Sovereignty: Iran since 1979

10. The Unfolding of Clerical Rule: Oligarchy by Divine Right?

11. The Culture of Politics: The Presence and Absence of the Past

12. Predicaments and Prospects

Epilogue: The Resilience of Modernity

Abbreviations

Notes

Index

What People are Saying About This

The Quest for Democracy in Iran is a book of immense erudition, yet it is also a work of passion and sympathy for the Iranian people. A rigorous and fair-minded assessment of the Pahlavi dynasty and the revolution under Khomeni, it will command the attention of the general public as well as scholars.

Wm. Roger

The Quest for Democracy in Iran is a book of immense erudition, yet it is also a work of passion and sympathy for the Iranian people. A rigorous and fair-minded assessment of the Pahlavi dynasty and the revolution under Khomeni, it will command the attention of the general public as well as scholars.
--(Wm. Roger Louis, University of Texas at Austin)

Ehsan Yarshater

Azimi's impressive book offers a penetrating analysis of what sustained authoritarian rule in Iran over the last one hundred years and how the aspirations and quest for social justice, the rule of law, and freedom have remained both frustrated and resilient. He shows that the key hopes and agendas associated with the 1906 Constitutional Revolution remain as salient as ever.

Ehsan Yarshater, Columbia University

Roger Owen

Twentieth-century Iranian history provides wonderful examples of recurring themes of revolution, authoritarian rule, and the attempt to create democratic institutions. In this landmark book, Fakhreddin Azimi illuminates a subject of the greatest importance to Iran, the Middle East, and, indeed, the rest of the world. Elegantly written and deeply informative, The Quest for Democracy in Iran is a must read.

Roger Owen, Harvard University

Wm. Roger Louis

The Quest for Democracy in Iran is a book of immense erudition, yet it is also a work of passion and sympathy for the Iranian people. A rigorous and fair-minded assessment of the Pahlavi dynasty and the revolution under Khomeni, it will command the attention of the general public as well as scholars.

Wm. Roger Louis, University of Texas at Austin

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