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The Politics of Nationalism in Modern Iran

by Ali M. Ansari

Part of the Cambridge Middle East Studies Series

The Politics of Nationalism in Modern Iran Synopsis

The first full-length study of Iranian nationalism in nearly five decades, this sophisticated and challenging book by the distinguished historian Ali M. Ansari explores the idea of nationalism in the creation of modern Iran. It does so by considering the broader developments in national ideologies that took place following the emergence of the European Enlightenment and showing how these ideas were adopted by a non-European state. Ansari charts a course through twentieth-century Iran, analysing the growth of nationalistic ideas and their impact on the state and demonstrating the connections between historiographical and political developments. In so doing, he shows how Iran's different regimes manipulated ideologies of nationalism and collective historical memory to suit their own ends. Drawing on hitherto untapped sources, the book concludes that it was the revolutionary developments and changes that occurred during the first half of the twentieth century that paved the way for later radicalisation.

The Politics of Nationalism in Modern Iran Press Reviews

'This excellent work asks these basic questions: what is an Iranian; and how has Iranian identity been shaped over the past 100 years? ... an insightful discussion of issues of nationalism in modern Iran.' Grant Farr, Middle East Media and Book Reviews (

Book Information

ISBN: 9780521867627
Publication date: 8th October 2012
Author: Ali M. Ansari
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 342 pages
Categories: 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, 21st century history: from c 2000 -, Nationalism,

About Ali M. Ansari

Ali M. Ansari is a Professor of Iranian History at the University of St Andrews. His many publications include Iran under Ahmadinejad (2008), Iran, Islam and Democracy: The Politics of Managing Change, 2nd edition (2006) and Modern Iran since 1921: The Pahlavis and After (2003).

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