Nationalism in Iran: Updated Through 1978

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University of Pittsburgh Pre, Jun 15, 1979 - Political Science - 384 pages
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For a brief period in the early 1950s, Iranian nationalism captured the world's attention as, under the leadership of Mohammad Mossadeq, the Iranian National Movement tried to liberate Iran from British imperialism. Regarding nationalism as a major determinant of the attitudes and loyalties of those who embrace it, Cottam analyzes the complex religious, national, and social values at work within Iran and examines, more generally, the turbulence of nationalism in developing states and its perplexing problems for American foreign policy.

In a new 40-page chapter, added in 1978, Cottam updated his pioneering study by examining the condition of Iran fifteen years after his first analysis-from its rapid economic growth as an oil producer to Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi's unsuccessful efforts to rouse nationalistic sentiment in his favor.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Background
12
2 Cohesive Base for Nationalism
23
3 Social Base for Nationalism
33
4 Nationalism and the Tribes
51
5 Kurdish Nationalism in Iran
65
6 Nationalism and the NonMoslem Minorities
75
7 Nationalism and Local Particularism
91
The Genesis of Nationalist Mythology
158
Confrontation
181
The Revival of Nationalist Mythology
206
Birth and Eclipse
243
Brief Triumph
259
16 Positive Nationalism and Royal Dictatorship
286
The Future
312
18 Fifteen Years Later
320

8 Separatist Movements
102
Province or Nation?
118
10 ReligioNationalism and PanIslam
134

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About the author (1979)

Richard W. Cottam was professor of political science at the University of Pittsburgh.

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