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From Qajar to Pahlavi : Iran, 1919-1930 /
Mohammad Gholi Majd.
imprint
Lanham, MD : University Press of America, c2008.
description
462 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
076184029X (pbk. : alk. paper), 9780761840299 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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imprint
Lanham, MD : University Press of America, c2008.
isbn
076184029X (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780761840299 (pbk. : alk. paper)
catalogue key
6434868
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Mohammad Gholi Majd holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University. He is the author of The Great Famine and Genocide in Persia, 1917-1919 and Iraq in World War I, both from University Press of America
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2009-03-01:
Majd claims that "using US State Department records, this book aims to provide a history of Iran ... from 1919 to 1930, a seminal decade in American-Persian relations...." Thus, the book is mostly a compilation of reports sent to Washington by US officials in Iran during that period, explaining the internal politics of the country. The problem is that the author does not present readers with any proof of the reliability or competence of those who sent the reports, except that they were US charge d'affaires. The great English historian Edward Hallett Carr advised his history students at Cambridge University that "before you study history, study the historian." The author claims accurately that "a detailed history of Persia during 1919-1930 based on solid archival documentation and in the English language does not exist." But at the same time, not everything that exists in archives constitutes historical fact. The historian's true challenge is to distinguish the two. Summing Up: Optional. Graduate students/faculty. N. Rassekh Lewis and Clark College
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Summaries
Long Description
The 1920s saw the creation of numerous new monarchies and regimes in the Middle East. This book gives a detailed history of the new regime change in Iran in the 1920s. Using U.S. State Department archives, Mohammad Gholi Majd first describes the overthrow of the Qajar dynasty, which ruled Iran since the 1790s, and its replacement by the Pahlavi monarchy in 1925. He then describes the consolidation of the new regime and suppression of the opposition between 1926 and 1930. By 1931, resistance to the Pahlavi regime and the harsh response thereto set the stage for a long struggle between the Pahlavi monarchy and the Ulama that ended with the Islamic Revolution in 1979. This book is the first detailed and documented history of Iran during 1919-1930 in the English language.
Main Description
The 1920s saw the creation of numerous new monarchies and regimes in the Middle East. This book gives a detailed history of the new regime change in Iran in the 1920s. Using U.S. State Department archives, Mohammad Gholi Majd first describes the overthrow of the Qajar dynasty, which ruled Iran since the 1790s, and its replacement by the Pahlavi monarchy in 1925. He then describes the consolidation of the new regime and suppression of the opposition during 1926-1930. By 1931, resistance to the Pahlavi regime and the harsh response thereto set the stage for a long struggle between the Pahlavi monarchy and the Ulama that ended with the Islamic Revolution in 1979. This book is the first detailed and documented history of Iran during 1919-1930 in the English language. Book jacket.
Table of Contents
Introduction and Overviewp. 1
The Anglo-Persian Conventionp. 13
Resignation and Flight of Vossough-ed-Dowlehp. 49
Prelude to Coup d'Etat: Cabinets of Moshir-ed-Dowleh and Sepahdarp. 69
Coup d'Etat and Onset of Military Dictatorshipp. 95
Kaleidoscopic Ministries and the Strengthening of Dictatorship, 1921-1923p. 121
The "Republican Movement" and the Imbrie Murderp. 159
The "Liberation" of Arabistanp. 193
The Regency Affairp. 217
Abolition of Qajar Monarchy and the Advent of Reza Shah Pahlavip. 231
A Shaky Throne: Corruption, Mutiny, Rebellion and Assassination Plotp. 265
An Oppressive Dictatorship, 1926-1928: Rising Unpopularity of Reza Shahp. 299
Waging War on the Shia Clergyp. 345
Waging War on the Tribesp. 381
An Expanded Reign of Terrorp. 413
Indexp. 435
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