Acknowledgements. Glossary. Chronology of Modern Iran. Map. 1. Introduction. 2. Reza Khan and the Establishment of the Pahlavi State. 3. Reza Shah: Modernisation and Tradition, 1926-41. 4. Political Pluralism and the Ascendancy of Nationalism, 1941-53. 5. The Consolidation of Power, 1953-60. 6. The 'White Revolution'. 7. Towards the Great Civilisation. 8. Revolution, War and 'Islamic Republic'. 9. The Khatami Presidency. 10. Conclusion: A Century of Reform and Revolution. Guide to Further Research. Select Bibliography. Index.
A renowned expert looks at the painful birth of modern Iran, the political awakening of Iranian people and Iran's current position in the global arena.
Ali Ansari is currently Reader in history at the University of St Andrews. He is a London-born Iranian with much of his family still in Iran where he goes regularly to see them. As an Iranian himself, he is in a unique position to explain the history of his own country to a Western student audience.
"...Ansari has written a straightforward, though skilfully analytical, history of Iran" "Times Literary Supplement" (praise for the first edition)