Interview with Gholam Reza Afkhami / Pari Esfandiari
18-May-2009 (one comment)

Thirty years after the fall of the shah of Iran who ruled Iran from 1941-1979, people are remain puzzeled with who he was and how under his reign the most Westernized country in the Middle-East suddenly rejected the Western values to establish the Islamic Republic of Iran. As Iran dances back and forth between modernity and tradition, so does shah’s image between a dictator and a democrat.

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To really understand todays Iran one has to come to grips with contemporary Iranian history. There are voids in certain aspect of our modern history, specifically from 1918 to 1941 which happens to be a critical time.

There are two books that try to fill that gap and shed light on what went on and for all students of Iranian history its worthed to go through them. The books are well documented and researched.

1- Great Britain and Reza Shah, The Plunder of Iran, 1921-1941

2- From Qajar to Pahlavi, 1919-1930

Both books are by: Mohammad Gholi Majd.