Eternal Iran: Continuity and Chaos

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Palgrave Macmillan, Nov 27, 2005 - History - 224 pages
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From pillar of stability to rogue state, Iran's politics have been a centre of world attention and concern. With a glorious history as an empire, ethnically diverse population, and youthful inhabitants, the country has and will continue to play a critical role as a pivotal state in the Middle East, Central Asia and the Caucasus. Oil wealth mixes with extensive poverty to explain the strength of the state and the potential for unrest in a country that experienced two revolutions in the twentieth century. Exploring continuities and changes, this book provides the historical backdrop crucial to understanding how Iranian pride and sense of victimization combine to make its politics contentious and potentially dangerous. From the struggle between the Shah and Ayatollah Khomeini to the current tension between the reformers and traditionalists, a central issue in Iranian domestic politics has long been its place in the world and relations with the West.

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1 Land and People
2 From Empire to Nation
Decline and Tumult 17861921
4 A New Order 19211953
5 Modernizing Iran 19531978
6 Revolution and War 19781988
7 The Second Islamic Republic 19892005
8 Foreign Relations under Khatami
9 Summary and Prospects

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PATRICK CLAWSON is Deputy Director of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He has written or edited more than twenty books, primarily on contemporary Middle Eastern politics. Prior to joining The Washington Institute in 1997, his previous positions included four years each as senior economist at the National Defense University's Institute for National Strategic Studies, the Foreign Policy Research Institute, where he edited the foreign policy quarterly Orbis, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

MICHAEL RUBIN is a Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Between 2002 and 2004, he worked as a staff advisor for Iran and Iraq in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, in which capacity he was seconded to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq. His dissertation, The Making of Modern Iran, 1858-1909: Communications, Telegraph and Society won Yale's top John Addison Porter Prize.