Synopses & Reviews
Iran is a vast country with a storied, ancient past, a great diversity of cultures and ethnicities, and a location in arguably the most unstable area of the world. Iran's history over the last two centuries—developing as a modern nation-state, freeing itself from foreign domination, and asserting its influence in both the region and the world—has been particularly fascinating.
This title gives an overview of Iranian history written for a general audience. It is intended to acquaint readers with the important events and personalities that have shaped that long history. In this second edition of The History of Iran, the author has thoroughly revised the original content and has added two new chapters, one of which is dedicated to Iran in the 21st century. Particular attention is paid to explaining the forces that led to the revolution of 1979 and the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran, as well as the controversies of its domestic and foreign policies.
"This second edition of The History of Iran—from the Greenwood Histories of the Modern NationS≪/b> series—contributes further to this fine series for students and the general public. . . . This work will be helpful to the nonspecialist researcher in public and academic libraries." -
"As part of the Greenwood Histories of the Modern NationS≪/b> series, the update offers general readers a comprehensive, analytical look at some of the most important nations in the contemporary world. . . . This work is highly recommended." -
This comprehensive survey of Iran's historical development covers everything from its origins in ancient empires to its status as a modern nation-state.
• This recently updated second edition covers the entirety of Iranian history up to the present day, including recent political and social developments
• Examines the important role Iran has played—and continues to play—in regional and world affairs
• Provides general readers with the essential background for understanding the complex issues driving contemporary events in Iran
• An understanding of Iran's political and economic role in the global community is critical for all American citizens
• Provides a chronological survey of key events in Iranian history up to the present day
• An annotated bibliography surveys historical literature on Iran, including web resources
Iran, also known as Persia, has over 2500 years of history. It is one of the world's first truly multicultural empires, and modern-day Iran is based upon one of the world's oldest continuous civilizations. Today, Iran is populated by over 74 million residents, and 10 percent of the world's oil reserves are within its borders.