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Iran A Modern History [Ebook] ➣ Iran A Modern History By Abbas Amanat – Thomashillier.co.uk This history of modern Iran is not a survey in the conventional sense but an ambitious exploration of the nation that offers a revealing look at how events people and institutions are shaped by trends This history of modern Iran is not a survey in the conventional sense but an ambitious exploration of the nation that offers a revealing look at how events people and institutions are shaped by trends and currents that sometimes reach back hundreds of years Iran A ePUB ½ Abbas Amanat covers the dynasties revolutions civil wars foreign occupation and new Islamic regime of this complex period in history Amanat combines chronological and thematic approaches exploring events with lasting implications for modern Iran and the world Drawing on the latest historical scholarship and emphasizing the twentieth century in its coverage the book addresses debates about Iran’s culture and politics Political history is the driving focus of this narrative based on decades of research and study which is layered with discussions of literature music and the arts; ideology and religion; economy and society; and cultural identity and heritage.


10 thoughts on “Iran A Modern History

  1. Mehrsa Mehrsa says:

    This book is so detailed and thorough and it was really hard to get through the pre 19th century half and then it sped up a lot after the Constitutional revolution Still it was so good that I wished he had started even earlier with the Persian empireI know Iranians are prone to tragic thinking but how can anyone read this history and NOT think of it as a total tragedy? Every time the Iranian people tried to reform from within some external power would swoop in and stop us from governing ourselves And then when Iranians finally did revolt the most toxic thread of the Iranian psyche a messianic shiism takes over These mullahs should have eventually died off or become an out of touch minority Instead they rule the country Such a tragedy It's not a book with a happy ending


  2. Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits) Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits) says:

    See of my book reviews on my blog Literary FlitsClocking in at a thousand pages Iran A Modern History is easy three times as long as books I usually choose so it is with all credit to Abbas Amanat's engaging writing that I happily immersed myself in this history for the best part of a week I was fascinated to discover the rich history of this ancient nation and although I have already forgotten many names I do feel that I have a stronger understanding of Iran's culture and her people as a result I certainly appreciated the differences in not viewing this history through British eyes and in common with a depressing number of history and historical fiction books I read over the past few years Britain's actions reveal our government to have been and still be? duplicitous selfish and greedyIn common with many all? countries Iran's history is primarily a story of violent men but I liked that Amanat makes a point of freuently stepping away from war to also show us beauty Artworks are reproduced in colour and black and white plus I loved reading poetry and song lyrics descriptions of theatre and film productions and even seeing a couple of satirical political cartoons Such artistic creations are important to Iranian culture and their inclusion helped me to have a greater understanding There are also maps which I think in a printed book would show various warring factions in a seemingly perpetual struggle for territory however these details aren't reproduced in the ebook format so I was confused by the exact timelines of particular battles I uite expected to read Iran A Modern History in sections around other books and for reading it to feel like studying or work Instead I was keen to keep reading and exploring Iranian history Amanat draws out human stories and individual characters so this book didn't feel dry I often enjoyed reading for several hours at a time The 20th century as Iran swings from one cultural extreme to another takes a disproportionate number of pages compared to medieval times Understanding the historic events that led there albeit in an overview is very satisfying Readers do need a certain level of commitment to get the most out of this book I think however I would recommend it for history buffs and fans of historians such as Simon Schama A good book for long winter evenings


  3. Adam Adam says:

    Big and detailed modern history of Iran I learned a lot in the two months I spent reading this


  4. Tom Mc Kenna Tom Mc Kenna says:

    The author Abbas Amanat was born in Iran and is currently a William Graham Sumner Professor of History at Yale University and the Director of the Yale Program in Iranian Studies Carl Sagan is known for saying You have to know the past to understand the present and in exploring the modern history of Iran Amanat starts with the Safavid Empire at the beginning of the 16th century in this extensive study of Iran's evolution as a nation to the present day Granted this book is not a fast read but one packed with dates and names of those who had an impact on the intricate development of Iran I came away after reading this book with a much better understanding of the makings of the Islamic Republic of Iran and a better understanding of the makeup of the Iranian people and what differentiates them from the Arab worldI also found the following 60 minute video very informative where Professor Amanat discusses modern Iran from the Constitutional Revolution of 1905 to the Islamic Revolution in 1979httpswwwbingcomvideossearch?


  5. Toni Toni says:

    I have always loved history and Persia holds a special place in my heart so I was very excited to see this book offered on NetGalley When I initially reuested this book I did not realize that it was some 1000 pages long I was momentarily intimidated and thought it would take me months to get through it Most history books tend to be somewhat and tedious to read and I was unsure of what to expect I needn't have worried however Mr Amanat writes in an engaging style and I was pulled in uite easilyThe book cover 500 hundred years of Persian and modern Iranian history and the author’s knowledge and authority on the subject is apparent throughout The Persian empire’s history is among the most fascinating in the world This book does not disappoint It is detailed and the reader is fortunate to get a comprehensive picture of a complex and intriguing country with rich traditions and a uniue cultureI would definitely recommend this book to readers interested in history and expanding their knowledge on the region I will also be buying a copy for my personal library so that I can go back to certain periods and reread them at a slower pace My 13 year old son is also a history buff and while he may not be ready for this book yet he will be one dayThank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a free copy of the book


  6. Rune Clausen Rune Clausen says:

    This is an incredibly encompassing work It goes into rich detail about every aspect of the various kings elite people social movements culture and just life in general that has transpired throughout the past 5 centuries of Iranian history The book is a literal typhoon of information just blasting you with so much knowledge that you become dazed and mesmerized Despite having read a few works on Iranian history previously I still learned so much from this book as there can obviously be put a lot of information into a 1000 densely written pages It is almost futile to try to summarize it here All that I can say is that Irans history is a very lively one full of intrigue drama revolutions murders social movements enigmatic and ruthless leaders cunning warriors smart and stunning ueens political and religious cabals suffocating social control both towards the islamic and secular directionIt is in other words a very interesting history that at times almost reads like a fictional story rather than actual historyBut unavoidably there's a lot of fluff and perhaps unnecessary details interspersed into the chapters It can get a fair bit slow at timesAnother thing I do like about this work is the way that Abbas also focuses on cultural icons be it poets singers movie directors or sport stars of the time and gives time and room to include them and their works where applicable which is important as this is as big a part of understanding a culture as the history of its peopleI do however find it slightly unfortunate that Abbas doesn't cover the recent decades in the post islamic revolution era very deeply There's very brief and superficial mentions of Rafsanjani Khatami Ahmadinejad and barely a mention of Hassan Rouhani While I understand that the scope of this book is probably to cover the distant centuries and the recent history still being so fresh in memory as to not warrant being included in this work Especially Rouhani makes sense as he's still the president as of right now and the writing of the book But Rafsanjani and Khatamis tenures and to some degree Ahmadinejads could've used a slightly in depth coverageEspecially the Green Movement of 2009 deserves a lot coverage than the barely 2 pages vague description it was granted at the end of the bookBeyond this I have a hard time finding any faults with this work


  7. Victor Negut Victor Negut says:

    I need to add Abbas Amanat’s other books to my reading list Read again maybe


  8. Tony Gualtieri Tony Gualtieri says:

    This is a long book that covers a great deal of history much of it either unfamiliar to me or known through the distorting lens of western propaganda It reaches back as far as the foundation of the Safavid Empire around 1500 and proceeds logarithmically up to events as recent as the Green Revolution of 2009 Miraculously the author maintains a coherent narrative throughout the text It’s readable and has just the right amount of information to hold the attention of someone ignorant of even the basics of the material covered


  9. Victoria Rodríguez Victoria Rodríguez says:

    A very interesting book about Iran's history The book describes Iran since the beginning of the Ottoman Empire It also describes important cities as Isfahan and Tehran Isfahan was an important trade site especially for silk that was brought from China and then transported to Europe The history of the shahs is very interesting as well as the role Islam played during the shaping of this wonderful country Abbas Amanat details the information about the important historic Iranian figures that are remembered today


  10. mohammed munir uddin mohammed munir uddin says:

    This book is amazing I personally love it 🌷🌷🌷🌷


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