The History of Iran, 2nd Edition

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ABC-CLIO, Jan 16, 2012 - History - 332 pages

Iran is a vast country with a storied, ancient past, a great diversity of cultures and ethnicities, and a location in arguably the most unstable area of the world. Iran's history over the last two centuries—developing as a modern nation-state, freeing itself from foreign domination, and asserting its influence in both the region and the world—has been particularly fascinating.

This title gives an overview of Iranian history written for a general audience. It is intended to acquaint readers with the important events and personalities that have shaped that long history. In this second edition of The History of Iran, the author has thoroughly revised the original content and has added two new chapters, one of which is dedicated to Iran in the 21st century. Particular attention is paid to explaining the forces that led to the revolution of 1979 and the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran, as well as the controversies of its domestic and foreign policies.

 

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Contents

1 The Land and People of Iran
1
2 Ancient Iran
23
3 From the Parthians to the Mongols
53
4 Early Modern Iran
83
5 From the Zand to the Qajars
99
6 The Forging of the NationState
117
7 MohammadReza Shah
145
8 Khomeini and the Islamic Revolution
177
9 The Khomeini Era
199
10 Reconstruction and Reform
219
11 Iran in the Twentyfirst Century
253
Notable People in the History of Iran
297
Bibliographic Essay
301
Index
311
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About the author (2012)

Elton L. Daniel, PhD, is professor of history at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, Honolulu, HI.

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