The Iranian Military in Revolution and War (RLE Iran D)

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Taylor & Francis, Apr 27, 2012 - Social Science - 300 pages

This book is a fascinating critical examination of the characteristics and development of the armed forces in Iran, their role under the Shah and their re-creation in the war against Iraq as the fighting forces of Islam. The author examines the contradictory accounts, including the Shah’s own Answer to History, as well as newly available accounts by highly placed ex-officials, and interviews with exiled army officers. He examines in detail the apparent shift of allegiance within the forces from the Shah to Imam and the ways in which this was accomplished. Major Iranian offensives, changing strategies from human wave assault to the Tankers War, and the delicate balance between the regular Army and the Revolutionary Guards, are also extensively examined. The book concludes with an analysis of the potential role of the armed forces in a succession crisis.


 

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Contents

1 Background and Scope
1
2 The Military and the Political Crisis
21
3 The Surrender
56
An Assessment
93
5 Purge and Punishment
115
6 The Islamisation of the Armed Forces
136
7 The Imposed War
164
8 The Sepah
209
9 Reorganisation and Performance
227
10 Conclusion Update
248
Postscript
259
Select Bibliography
264
List of Newspapers and Periodicals
269
Index
271
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