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.
Reviewed in - International Affairs, Vol 80, 2004
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