Revolution and Constitutionalism in the Ottoman Empire and Iran (Google eBook)

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 31, 2011 - Political Science
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In his book on constitutional revolutions in the Ottoman Empire and Iran in the early twentieth century, Nader Sohrabi considers the global diffusion of institutions and ideas, their regional and local reworking and the long-term consequences of adaptations. He delves into historic reasons for greater resilience of democratic institutions in Turkey as compared to Iran. Arguing that revolutions are time-bound phenomena whose forms follow global models in vogue at particular historical junctures, he challenges the ahistoric and purely local understanding of them. Furthermore, he argues that macro-structural preconditions alone cannot explain the occurrence of revolutions, but global waves, contingent events and the intervention of agency work together to bring them about in competition with other possible outcomes. To establish these points, the book draws on a wide array of archival and primary sources that afford a minute look at revolutions' unfolding.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Ottoman Empire
31
1 Revolution and the Neopatrimonial State
33
2 The Young Turk Revolution and the Global Wave
72
3 Constitutional and Extraconstitutional Struggles
135
4 The Staff Policies and the Purges
189
5 Counterrevolution and Its Aftermath
224
Iran
285
6 Reform and Patrimonialism in Comparative Perspective
287
7 The Less Likely Revolution
335
Concluding Remarks
427
Selected Bibliography
437
Index
443
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About the author (2011)

Nader Sohrabi is an Associate Research Scholar at the Middle East Institute, Columbia University. He has taught Middle East History and Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Iowa, Columbia University and New York University.

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