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Qajar Iran and the Rise of Reza Khan 1796-1925
Nikkie R. Keddie
The history of Iran is a subject attracting increasing interest, and in it the history
of the Qajar period, here dated 1796-1925, occupies a pivotal transitional place. The
Qajar rulers reunited Iran after a century of weakness and division, and helped create
modern Iran and its response to western power. Although the Qajars were not great
reformers, their period saw the development of many new trends of thought, ranging from
new religious ideas and groups to the adapting of modern ideas to Iranian circumstances.
This book covers intellectual trends and equally it covers the political and socioeconomic
history of Iran, including the growth of western incursions and control, which led to
social, economic, and political disruptions and helped lead to a major revolution that
gave Iran a modern constitution. Later developments culminated in a modernizing central
government under the Pahlavi shahs. The period 1796-1925 saw a flowering of Iran's visual
arts, politically oriented literature, popular culture, and crafts and carpets, and the
beginnings of photography and film. The book interprets all these developments as part of
a readable and comprehensible history of a period that helped bring Iran into the modern
world while continuing its cultural greatness. About the Author: Nikki R. Keddie,
Professor Emerita of History at UCLA and fellow of the American Academy of Arts and
Sciences, has written or edited sixteen books, most of them dealing with Iranian history.