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The Quest for Democracy in Iran

A Century of Struggle against Authoritarian Rule

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$24.50 • £19.95 • €22.00

ISBN 9780674057067

Publication Date: 09/30/2010


512 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

20 halftones


  • Contents
  • Preface
  • Note on Transliteration
  • Prologue: In Search of a National Covenant
  • I. Constituting a National Community (1906–1953)
    • 1. Constitutional Trial and Error
    • 2. Pahlavist Absolutism
    • 3. Restoration of Parliamentary Politics
  • II. Authoritarian Supremacy: Consolidation and Collapse (1953–1979)
    • 4. The Trajectories of Monarchism
    • 5. Revolution: Chronicle of an Implosion
    • 6. The Edifice and Emplacements of Royal Rule
    • 7. Elective Affinities: Western Imperial Interests and Authoritarian Monarchy
    • 8. The Architecture of Royalist Hegemony
    • 9. A Culture of Confrontation
  • III. The Eclipse of Popular Sovereignty: Iran since 1979
    • 10. The Unfolding of Clerical Rule: Oligarchy by Divine Right?
    • 11. The Culture of Politics: The Presence and Absence of the Past
    • 12. Predicaments and Prospects
  • Epilogue: The Resilience of Modernity
  • Abbreviations
  • Notes
  • Index

Awards & Accolades

  • 2010 Mossadegh Prize, Mossadegh Foundation
  • 2008–2009 Saidi-Sirjani Award, International Society for Iranian Studies
  • Finalist, 2009 Connecticut Book Award, Non-Fiction Category, Connecticut Center for the Book
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