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Iranian Student Opposition to the Shah. [2nd printing]

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Published: 2002
Page #: x + 285
Size: 6 x 9
ISBN: 1-56859-079-2
appendix, bibliography, index

 
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This book is the first comprehensive history of Iran's student movement from its origin to the 1970s. The main narrative draws almost exclusively on primary sources to give a full historical account of the Confederation of Iranian Students/National Union (CISNU), the largest and most influential opposition organization active throughout the two decades before the 1978-79 revolution. The CISNU story, however, is framed in the general background of Iran's student and leftist movement both at home and abroad. Thus the book has a second narrative that partially covers another previously unstudied topic.

Beyond its intrinsic significance as a missing chapter in twentieth-century Iranian history, this work will help to revise current understandings of the revolution, as it documents the central role of students in the pre-revolutionary opposition. It thus differs from the majority of works on modern Iran in the originality of its subject matter, extensive use of new primary sources, and the revisionist implications of its findings.

The book will be of interest to Iran and Middle East experts, as well as to students of comparative politics, political culture, nationalism, and radical movements in general. It should also appeal to a wider nonacademic readership interested in contemporary history, current events, the Middle East and Iran (including a large Iranian population in the US, thousands of whom are familiar, or former affiliates, with the country's student movement).

author

Afshin Matin-asgari

Afshin Matin-asgari

Acknowledgments
List of Illustrations
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Foreign Education and its Impact to the Mid-Twentieth Century 14
Ch. 2 Origins of the Student Movement in Iran and Abroad to 1960 26
Ch. 3 Students as the Vanguard of Opposition: Iran, Europe and the U.S. (1960-62) 40
Ch. 4 The Confederation of Iranian Students/National Union (1962) 50
Ch. 5 "The Language of Bullets": Towards a New Discourse (1963-64) 62
Ch. 6 Radicalism and Armed Struggle: "Fires on Mount Damavand" (1965-67) 78
Ch. 7 Iranian Students Join the "Global Contestation" (1967-69) 96
Ch. 8 "The Great Anti-Iranian Conspiracy" (1970-71) 112
Ch. 9 Calling for the Regime's Overthrow and the final CISNU Split (1972-75) 130
Ch. 10 The Post-CISNU Propaganda War and the Coming of the Revolution (1976-79) 148
Conclusions 163
Notes 166
Illustrations 227
App.: To Chapter Three 247
App.: To Chapter Four 251
App.: To Chapter Eight 257
Bibliography 261
Index 277

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