Ansari, Ali
The History of Modern Iran Since 1921: the Pahlavis & After, Longman, Pearson Education, London, 2003, 272 pp.
ISBN: 058235685

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Contents
Acknowledgements
viii
Glossary
ix
Chronology of Modern Iran
xi
Map
xiii
1
Introduction
1
Reform and reaction
3
The Constitutional Revolution
5
Social structures
7
International integration
8
Weapons of the weak
9
Analysing Iranian political structures
10
The emergence of social forces
13
Nationalism
14
A revolutionary century
18
 
2
Reza Khan and the Establishment of the Pahlavi State
20
Iran in the aftermath of the Constitutional Revolution
21
The coup of February 1921
24
Britain and the coup of 1921
26
The consolidation of power and the imposition of a new order
27
Nationalism and the myth of the saviour
31
Domination of the Majlis and civilian reforms
33
The 'Republican' intermezzo
37
 
3
Reza Shah: Modernisation and Tradition, 1926-41
40
The invention of tradition
41
The continuation of reform: nationalism and modernisation
42
Institutionalising the dynasty: the politics of dynastic nationalism
59
The fall
72
An assessment
73
 
4
Political Pluralism and the Ascendancy of Nationalism, 1941-53
75
The levels of political awareness
77
The mass media
78
The radio
80
The limits of plurality
80
Fragmentation: challenges to the Pahlavi state: the Allied Occupation
82
The tribal revolts
87
The separatist movements in Azerbaijan and Kurdistan
88
Contested 'nationalisms'
98
The young Shah and the development of dynastic nationalism
99
Dr Mohammed Mosaddeq and the oil nationalisation crisis
106
Towards oil nationalisation
107
The Premiership of Dr Mohammed Mosaddeq, 1951-53
112
 
5
The Consolidation of Power, 1953-60
125
A changing society
126
The return of the Shah
128
The politics of consolidation
129
The 'Mosaddeq Myth'
131
Ebtehaj and economic development
132
Cultivating the military: Iran and the Cold War
135
The Shah ascendant
139
A fragile royal dominance
143
 
6
The 'White Revolution'
147
The roots of the 'White Revolution'
148
Social and economic development
150
Amini and the launch of a 'white revolution'
152
The Shah and the 'White Revolution'
157
 
7
Towards the Great Civilisation
166
The crest of the wave
167
The international statesman
176
Domestic tensions
178
The 'Emperor of Oil'
182
Democratic centralism: the Rastakhiz (Resurrection) Party
185
The myth of imperial authority: the apogee of sacral kingship
187
Towards the Great Civilisation
189
 
8
Revolution, War and 'Islamic Republic'
192
The political framework
192
Reality bites: the fall of the Shah
195
The triumph of the revolution: the premiership of Bazargan
211
War
229
The social and political consequences of the war
239
Rafsanjani and the ascendancy of the mercantile bourgeoisie
241
The Islamic Republic defined
243
Khatami
247
 
9
Conclusion: A Century of Reform and Revolution
250
 
Guide to Further Research
254
Archival Sources in Iran
255
 
Select Bibliography
257
Documentary sources (Persian)
257
Documentary sources (English)
257
Newspapers and journals (Persian)
258
Newspapers and journals (English)
258
Secondary sources (Persian)
259
Secondary sources (English)
260
Index
269

 


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