The Making of Modern Iran

State and Society under Riza Shah, 1921-1941

Edited by Dr Stephanie Cronin

© 2008 – Routledge

308 pages

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Paperback: 9780415450959
pub: 2007-11-16
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About the Book

This collection of essays, by a distinguished group of specialists, offers a new and exciting interpretation of Riza Shah's Iran. A period of key importance, the years between 1921-1941 have, until now, remained relatively neglected. Recently, however, there has been a marked revival of interest in the history of these two decades and this collection brings together some of the best of this recent new scholarship.

Illustrating the diversity and complexity of interpretations to which contemporary scholarship has given rise, the collection looks at both the high politics of the new state and at 'history from below', examining some of the fierce controversies which have arisen surrounding such issues as the gender politics of the new regime, the nature of its nationalism, and its treatment of minorities.

Table of Contents

Introduction Part 1: The New State 1. Riza Shah's Political Legitimacy and Social Base, 1921-1941 2. Riza Shah and the Paradoxes of Military Modernization in Iran 3. Mudarris, Republicanism and the Rise of Power of Riza Khan, Sardar-i Sipah Part 2: International Relations 4. Riza Shah's 1927-28 Abrogation of Capitulations Michael Zirinsky Chapter 5. Performing the Nation: The Shah's Official State Visit to Kemalist Turkey, June-July 1934 Part 3: Culture and Ideology 6. Transforming Dangerous Nomads into Useful Artisans, Technicians, Agriculturalists: Education in the Riza Shah Period 7. Triumphs and Travails of Authoritarian Modernization in Iran 8. Expanding Agendas for the "new" Iranian Woman: Family Law, Work and Unveiling 9. Riza Shah Pahlavi and Women: A Re-evaluation 10. The Banning of the Veil and its Consequences Part 4: The Tribes 11. Riza Shah and the tribes: An Overview 12. The Case of the Shahsevan 13. Riza Shah and the Disintegration of Bakhtiyari Power in Iran, 1921-1934

About the Editor

Stephanie Cronin is 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.

About the Series

Routledge/BIPS Persian Studies Series

The RoutledgeCurzon/BIPS Persian Studies Series publishes scholarly books in the social sciences and humanities on Iran. Such works include: original research monographs, suitably revised theses, specially planned books deriving from conferences, specially commissioned, multi-authored research books, and translations.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Middle East / General
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century