The State and Revolution in Iran

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Routledge, 2011 - Reference - 203 pages
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This book analyses the distant and proximate causes of the 1978 revolution in Iran as well as the dynamics of power which it set in motion. The volume explains the complex and far-reaching processes which produced the revolution, beginning in the late nineteenth century. In explaining the more proximate causes of the revolution, the book analyses the nature of the old regime and its internal contradictions; the emergence of some fundamental conflicts of interest between the state and the upper class; the economic crisis of 1975-8 which made possible a revolutionary mass immobilisation; and the emergence of a new religious interpretation of political authority and the unusual spread of the ideology of political Islam among a segment of the modern intelligentsia. The volume relates the diverse aspects of class, ideology and economic structure in order to provide an understanding of the political processes.


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Analytical Framework
1 The Evolution of the State Structure
The Rule of the Monarchy
Resurgence of Islamic Nationalism
4 The Crisis of the Economy and the Crisis of the Dictatorship
5 The Coming of the Revolution
6 Towards the Reconstitution of the State
7 The Rule of the Fundamentalist Clergy
The Thermidor
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Dr. David Mould is Professor Emeritus of Media Arts & Studies at Ohio University (U.S.A), a freelance journalist, and international media trainer. His background is in European, 19thcentury American, and documentary film history. His research has focused on media in conflict from the First World War to the late 20thcentury and on post-Soviet media in Central Asia. Brought up in Britain, he worked as a newspaper reporter and television news producer before moving to the United States. He is the author of three books and articles for publications such as Times Higher Education and The Christian Science Monitor.

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