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By Ervand Abrahamian

In a reappraisal of Iran's smooth heritage, Ervand Abrahamian lines its annoying trip around the 20th century, throughout the discovery of oil, imperial interventions, the guideline of the Pahlavis and, in 1979, revolution and the start of the Islamic Republic. within the intervening years, the rustic has skilled a sour conflict with Iraq, the transformation of society below the clergy and, extra lately, the growth of the kingdom and the fight for energy among the outdated elites, the intelligentsia and the industrial heart type. the writer is a compassionate expositor. whereas he adroitly negotiates the twists and turns of the country's neighborhood and foreign politics, on the center of his e-book are the folks of Iran. it's to them and their resilience that this booklet is devoted, as Iran emerges before everything of the twenty-first century as probably the most strong states within the heart East.

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