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Iran and the Rise of Reza Shah: From Qajar Collapse to Pahlavi Rule [Anglais] [Relié]

Cyrus Ghani

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Reza Khan based on British Archives - Five Stars 14 décembre 1999
Par Koroosh Sina - Publié sur Amazon.com
I read this book in both English and Farsi just to compare and also to refresh my mind with all the detail it provided. Call it strange, but I did not find a dull sentence in this book, nor did I think the material was just a cut and paste collage. C. Ghani has systematically presented material that needs time to be absorbed by our current knowledge of this issue. I think the book is excellent. Perhaps all the controversy would be eliminated if the book's title would have been, "Iran and the Rise of Reza Shah Based on The Archives of Imperialist England," or something like that.
I would suggest this book to anyone who has an interest in Reza Khan. I would hope that a similar book would be written based on the archives of Russia or Belgium as various readers have suggested, but that does not mean this book is not a grand contribution. I would like very much to read Eric Laurey's "Belge En Perzie." Maybe instead of criticzing Mr. Ghani, he should translate his work into English so that more people could read it. I for one would be very interested in reading the Belgian point of view.
As I browsed through the comments posted on this page, I kept wondering what all the controversy was about surrounding this book. From my point of view, all the criticism this book has received so far rests on very false foundations. I am very disappointed to see that in this stage of human history, people still molest a scholar calling his work `oriental history writing.' I'm so pleased to see that I am not the only person to be taken aback by this extremist remark. Maybe it is time that we too asked people to address our scholars with respect. Isn't it funny how every time an Iranian writes a book, someone from England employs this phrase to discount their effort (A similar comment is on Farmanfarmaian's book, Blood and Oil)? Why is that?
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 An excellent book of history - not a biography 25 décembre 2004
Par SHAYAN - Publié sur Amazon.com
This book is a must have for people interested in modern Iranian history.

As many reviewers fail to note, this book is an account of the RISE of Reza Shah and not a biography.

It offers a thoroughly researched account of the crucial period leading up to the fall of the corrupt Qajar dynasty, a period for which no books of this quality exist.

The book ends with the begining of the Pahlavi dynasty and only offers an epilogue on the achievements and failings of Reza Shah as king. It will leave you salivating for more on what happens in the next phase of history.

The tone and style of the book is academic and may turn some readers off, but the content will give readers a new perspective on where Iran came from why it is where it is today.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Faulty heuristics 5 novembre 1999
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
It is not true that "no attempt has yet been made to piece together a narrative based on documents rather than hearsay" with regard to the period and the themes discussed in Ghani's book. At the risk of being narcissic I reccomend Ghani my own work "Belgen in Perzië" (available at Library of Congress) wich surprisingly is not mentioned in his bibliography. Belgian officials who worked in Iran from 1895 to 1934 (customs, finance, postal services etc.) and Belgian diplomats produced quite a few documents which provide an independent onlooker's analysis of what went on in Iran. Given the importance of the Belgian assistance in Iran, which was more successfull and lasted longer than Millspaugh's or Armitage Smith's, these documents are invaluable in studying this period of Iranian history. I do not believe it is permissible to leave the Belgian component almost unmentioned. Scores of policies, recommendations and cases of political and social assistance have been provided by Belgians to both the Qadjars and Reza Shah. Modernisation of the state was not made possible by the ephemeral Millspaugh tax-reform but rather by the long term and unrelenting Belgian efforts to render the customs system efficient. At one point these customs offices were the ONLY source of income for the Shah.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 BE MORE KIND 19 mai 2003
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Some readers of this book appear too harsh on the author.
The book is certainly not the pinnacle of the art of biography. Ghani's prose is hesitant, almost amateurish. The book is also full of factual errors and tedious repetitions.
But the subject, a soldier who rose to become the King of Kings of Iran, one of the oldest monarchies in the world, is fascinating enough to compensate for the author's weaknesses.
Also, Ghani must be commended for sifting through a mass of British official documents about a critical period in Iranian history. He has been unable to analyze the documents and point out their relevance to events. But the fact that he offers them in good order is no mean achievement.
I give Ghani's book two stars if only because he has created new interest in Reza Shah, one of the greatest figures of the 20th century Middle East.
Interested Reader
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 The Ultimate in Dullness 4 mars 2003
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As an outsider interested in Iran- thanks to Iranians friends- I was keen to learn more about a king who is regarded by many Iranians as the only leader worthy of respect the country has had for centuries.
In fact, my Iranian friends insist that only someone like Rez Shah could save their country from its current decline, and restore it to the path of progress and civilization.
The subject, therefore, must be exciting.
This book, however, is the very essence of dullness. It is as if the writer designed it to make the subject uninteresting.
There are large chunks of reports from the British diplomatic archives, little independent narrative, and no analysis whatsoever.
Worse still the author's prose is schoolboyish while the book seems to have not passed through the process of copy-reading and editing. It is full of factual and grammatical errors.
I dropped the book several times but made efforts to return to it. In the end the whole excercise was too much.
Please,please, pleeeeeeze, someone write a readable biography of Reza Shah! WV
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