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Guest editor's introduction: Iran and the Cold War

Alvandi, Roham (2014) Guest editor's introduction: Iran and the Cold War. Iranian Studies, 47 (3). pp. 373-378. ISSN 0021-0862

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Identification Number: 10.1080/00210862.2014.880632


For five decades, from the 1940s to the 1980s, Iran lived in the shadow of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. The country’s geography, bordering both the USSR and the oil-rich Persian Gulf, meant that its territory and natural resources were of vital strategic importance in the ideological and material contest between the two superpowers, a global struggle over nothing less than “the soul of mankind.”1 With the passage of nearly seventy years since the first Soviet–American confrontation in northern Iran, a growing number of scholars are examining the history of Iran’s ColdWar, especially during the reign of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi. Building on the work of earlier diplomatic historians, this emerging historiography looks both inward, at the impact of the Cold War on Iran, and outward, at the role of Iran in the Cold War far beyond its borders.2 This special issue showcases examples of this recent work by historians of Iran’s Cold War, some of which was presented at the 2012 biannual conference of the International Society for Iranian Studies in Istanbul.

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Additional Information: © 2014 The International Society for Iranian Studies, published by Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.
Divisions: International History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D839 Post-war History, 1945 on
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2014 10:47
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:09

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