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By Ervand Abrahamian

In a reappraisal of Iran's smooth historical past, Ervand Abrahamian strains its irritating trip around the 20th century, during the discovery of oil, imperial interventions, the guideline of the Pahlavis and, in 1979, revolution and the delivery of the Islamic Republic. within the intervening years, the rustic has skilled a sour warfare with Iraq, the transformation of society below the clergy and, extra lately, the growth of the kingdom and the fight for strength among the previous elites, the intelligentsia and the industrial heart category. the writer is a compassionate expositor. whereas he adroitly negotiates the twists and turns of the country's nearby and foreign politics, on the center of his ebook are the folks of Iran. it really is to them and their resilience that this e-book is devoted, as Iran emerges initially of the twenty-first century as some of the most strong states within the heart East.

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