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A Dynastic History of Iran
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This rich dynastic study examines the political histories of Iran's last two monarchical dynasties, the Qajars and the Pahlavis. Tracing the rise and fall of both dynasties, Mehran Kamrava addresses essential questions about how and why they rose to power; what domestic and international forces impacted them; how they ruled; and how they met their end. Exploring over two hundred years of political history, Kamrava's comprehensive yet concise account places developments within relevant frameworks in an accessible manner. With detailed examinations of Iran's history, politics, and economics, he interrogates the complexities of dynastic rule in Iran and considers its enduring legacy. Developing innovative interpretations and utilizing original primary sources, this book illuminates the impact of the monarchy's rule and ultimate collapse on Iranian history, as well as Iran's subsequent politics and revolution.


‘In his lucid, astute, and balanced history of the Qajar and Pahlavi eras, Mehran Kamrava provides a strikingly accessible account of the domestic and international forces that ended some two-and-a-half millennia of monarchical rule in Iran. The book is ideally suited for students and general readers of Modern Iranian and Middle Eastern history.’

Ali Banuazizi - Boston College

‘This is a remarkably insightful, wise, and intriguing account of the Qajar and Pahlavi dynasties. It is thoroughly researched, cogently argued, and easy to understand. This compelling book is a must-read for anyone interested in learning about the convoluted politics and nuances of pre-revolutionary Iran and its encounters with the global powers.’

Mohsen Milani - University of South Florida

‘This rich and engaging book takes a giant step toward understanding the nuances and subtleties of monarchical rule in Iran, providing a critical piece in the larger puzzle of how these monarchies exercised gamesmanship and what ultimately led to their collapse. This study will interest a wide readership in a variety of disciplines.’

Mahmood Monshipouri - San Francisco State University

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