- xxviii, 228 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
- Ervand Abrahamian's authoritative overview of twentieth-century Iran fills a large gap in the literature of Iranian studies. His predilection for social analysis and class studies provides an original prism through which the reader gains fresh insights into the drama of the drawn-out conflict between traditional vested interests and growing state power. Drawing on a lifetime of research and writing, Abrahamian has produced a book that successfully combines erudition and original scholarship with accessibility. Specialists and general readers alike will benefit greatly from its reading.Includes bibliographical references (p. 196-223) and index.List of maps -- List of illustrations -- List of tables and figures -- Chronology -- Glossary -- A political who's who of modern Iran -- Preface -- Introduction -- 1. 'Royal despots' : state and society under the Qajars -- 2. Reform, revolution, and the Great War -- 3. The iron fist of Reza Shah -- 4. The nationalist interregnum -- 5. Muhammad Reza Shah's White Revolution -- 6. The Islamic Republic -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Further reading -- Index.