Even though the left has never held power in Iran, its impact on the political, intellectual and cultural development of modern Iran has been profound. This book's authors undertake a fundamental re-examination and re-appraisal of the phenomenon of leftist activism in Iran, interpreted in the broadest sense, throughout the period of its existence up to and including the present.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements. Note on Transliteration. Introduction 1. The Iranian Left in International Perspective 2. From Social-Democracy to Social-Democracy: The Twentieth Century Odyssey of the Iranian Left 3. Armenian Social-Democrats, the Democrat Party of Iran, and Iran-i Naw: A Secret Camaraderie 4. The First Congress of Peoples of the East and the Iranian Soviet Republic of Gilan, 1920-1921 5. Iran's Forgotten Revolutionary: Abulqasim Lahuti and the Tabriz Insurrection of 1922 6. Incommodious Hosts, Invidious Guests: the Life and Times of Iranian Revolutionaries in the Soviet Union, 1921-1939 7. The Strange Politics of Khalil Maleki 8. The Iranian Revolution and the Legacy of the Guerrilla Movement 9. Troubled Relationships: Women, Nationalism and the Left Movement in Iran 10. The Tragedy of the Iranian Left 11. The Left and the Struggle for Democracy in Iran 12. The Islamic Left: From Radicalism to Liberalism 13. The Working Class and the Islamic State in Iran
Stephanie Cronin teaches History at the Oriental Institute, University of Oxford. Formerly, Iran Heritage Fellow at University College, Northampton and Senior Research Associate in the History Department , SOAS, University of London. Her current work focuses on subaltern responses to modernity in Modern Iran.
Reviewed in - International Affairs, Vol 80, 2004