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Revolutionary Iran: A History of the Islamic Republic Second Edition

Revolutionary Iran: A History of the Islamic Republic Second Edition (Paperback)

By Axworthy, Michael

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For over 30 years the Islamic Republic has resisted widespread condemnation, sanctions, and sustained attacks by Iraq in an eight-year war. Many policy-makers today share a weary wish that Iran would somehow just disappear as a problem. But with Iran's continuing commitment to a ... read full description below.

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Published 3 September 2019 by Penguin
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ISBN-13 9780141990330
ISBN-10 0141990333
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Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Penguin Books Ltd
Publication Date 3 September 2019
International Publication Date 6 June 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Axworthy, Michael
Category World History: Postwar, From C 1945 -
Asian / Middle Eastern History
Revolutions & Coups
Number of Pages 544
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 24mm
Weight 396g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Iran - History
NBS Text Regional History
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 955
Catalogue Code 997658

Description of this Book

For over 30 years the Islamic Republic has resisted widespread condemnation, sanctions, and sustained attacks by Iraq in an eight-year war. Many policy-makers today share a weary wish that Iran would somehow just disappear as a problem. But with Iran's continuing commitment to a nuclear programme and its reputation as a trouble-maker in Afghanistan, Lebanon and elsewhere, this is unlikely any time soon. The slow demise of the 2009 'Green Revolution' shows that Revolutionary Iran's institutions are still formidable. This is the definitive history of this subject, from one of the world's principal experts.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review In this lucid, nicely written and well-paced work, Michael Axworthy provides a compelling overview of contemporary Iran and its relations with the outside world ... [Axworthy's] perspective is far more persuasive, and interesting, than the neocon line that has dominated the Iran debate * Independent * Axworthy is a true Iranophile, learned in history and literature ancient and modern ... [A] subtle, lucid, and well-proportioned history ... his method casts theocracy in a refreshingly cold light, and embosses the Islamic Republic's well-established subordination of faith to power * Spectator * [A] meticulously fair and scholarly work ... passages from Iranian authors little known in the west as well as references to both popular and arthouse cinema bring depth [and] richness ... moving and vivid ... a very fine work that deserves to be read by anyone interested in the Middle East -- Jason Burke * Observer * Packed with gobbets of information and policy advice on how to deal with Iran * Telegraph * Balances scholarly precision with narrative flair ... Axworthy does the best job so far of describing the Iran-Iraq war ... Axworthy's analytical approach helps him demystify a revolutionary regime that has needed to feed off myths. He revisits, and convincingly reinterprets, defining moments of the Islamic republic ... [with] scholarly rigour and first-class analysis. Anyone interested in this most complex of revolutions would do well to read [this book] * Economist * If you were to read only one book on present-day Iran you could not do better than this ... Axworthy revokes the sound and fury of the revolution itself -- Ervand Abrahamian * Times Higher Education * An impressive exploration of Iran's development since 1979 into an unpredictable pseudo-democracy ... [a] calm and literate portrait of the Islamic Republic * Guardian *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Michael Axworthy is the author of The Sword of Persia and Iran- Empire of the Mind, which established him as one of the world's principal experts on the country. He was head of the Iran Section of the British Foreign Office from 1998-2000 and is now senior lecturer and Director of the Centre for Persian and Iranian Studies at the University of Exeter.

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