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Iran and the rise of Reza Shah : from Qajar collapse to Pahlavi rule
Ghanī, Sīrūs.
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London ; New York : I.B. Tauris, 1998.
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xiv, 434 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
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The post-World War I years encompass one of the most important and engrossing chapters in 20th century Iranian history. The period begins with a triumvirate of Iranian political grandees, encouraged (and bribed) by the British government, attempting to shoe-horn Iran into the British Empire. This failed and clumsy episode is followed by a bizarre coup d'#65533;tat engineered in great haste by a British general who knew virtually nothing of the country or her people. The coup brought to power a tough but obscure military officer from the backwoods, who became a Minister of War, disposed of the Prime Minister to take over the role himself, dabbled briefly with republicanism, then crowned himself as the Reza Shah Pahlavi, terminating 130 years of Qajar rule.

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Cyrus Ghani is the author of Iran and the West .

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Library Journal Review

The 20th century has been cataclysmic for Iran. This book, written by a scholar well versed in modern Iranian history, covers the period 1919-26. Ghani describes in great detail the historical events that led to the downfall of the Qajar dynasty and the rise of Reza Khan, the founder of the Pahlavi dynasty. Ghani relies on documents from the British Record Office and extensive Iranian sources to describe how a British general with limited knowledge of Iran and the British Minister to Iran engineered a coup that catapulted an obscure military officer to the pinnacle of power. The author also provides a fascinating picture of Reza Khan's relations with his compatriots and foreign powers. This balanced and meticulously researched book sheds light on crucial events of the early 20th century that influenced the course of subsequent developments in Iran. Highly recommended for students of modern Iranian history.‘Nader Entessar, Spring Hill Coll., Mobile, AL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.