Iran

A Modern History

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Abbas Amanat
  • New Haven, CT: 
    Yale University Press
    , October
     2017.
     1000 pages.
     $40.00.
     Hardcover.
    ISBN
    9780300112542.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.

Description

A masterfully researched and compelling history of Iran from 1501 to 2009.

This history of modern Iran is not a survey in the conventional sense but an ambitious exploration of the story of a nation. It offers a revealing look at how events, people, and institutions are shaped by currents that sometimes reach back hundreds of years. The book covers the complex history of the diverse societies and economies of Iran against the background of dynastic changes, revolutions, civil wars, foreign occupation, and the rise of the Islamic Republic.

Abbas Amanat combines chronological and thematic approaches, exploring events with lasting implications for modern Iran and the world. Drawing on diverse historical scholarship and emphasizing the twentieth century, he addresses debates about Iran’s culture and politics. Political history is the driving narrative force, given impetus by Amanat's decades of research and study. He layers the book with discussions of literature, music, and the arts; ideology and religion; economy and society; and cultural identity and heritage.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Abbas Amanat is professor of history and international studies at Yale University and director of the Yale Program in Iranian Studies at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies.

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