Iranian Azerbaijan--an ideological battle-field between Moscow and Tehran--has been a target for Soviet takeover since the formation of the USSR. The effort gained impetus when the Red Army occupied northern Iran in 1941, bringing with it a special detachment of Soviet Azeri Communist Party activists whose goal was to stimulate a national liberatio
Table of Contents
Introduction -- The Bolshevist Movement in Soviet and Iranian Azerbaijan from 1905–1921 -- The Red Army's Occupation of Iran and the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic -- The "Southern Question" in Postwar Soviet Azerbaijan -- The Impact of the Fall of the Pahlavis -- The Current Soviet-Iranian Competition for Iranian Azerbaijan -- Appendix A -- Appendix B
David B. Nissman is a consultant on Soviet Turkic affairs to several U.S. government agencies.