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Parsa (sociology, Dartmouth) has written what appears to be the most ambitious and far-reaching analysis of what happened in Iran. His approach uses a structural theory of revolution that concentrates on social groups (i.e. merchants, artisans, workers, clergy, etc.) as they interacted with each other and the political and economic currents of Iran in the 1970s and 1980s. Because traditional theories of revolution usually leave an unaccounted-for string or two when it comes to the Iranian revolution, Parsa's structural approach fares far better, as it was designed to include the anomalies that comprise Iran today. However, Parsa's text, diction, and format are for the very serious (and sociologically sophisticated) scholar. Ervand Abrahamian's Iran Between Two Revolutions ( LJ 7/82) remains the recommended popular text on the evolutionof Iran. Of the more recent attempts to explicate Iranian events, M. Reza Ghods's Iran in the Twentieth Century ( LJ 9/1/89) is worthy of acquisition. Paras's work is recommended for academic libraries anticipating curriculum demands in the area. See also Dilip Hiro's Holy Wars: The Rise of Islamic Fundamentalism , reviewed in this issue, above.
- Ed. -- David P. Snider, Casa Grande P.L., Ariz.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Series: Studies in Political Economy
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press (September 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813514126
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813514123
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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By Jamie Haughey on August 6, 2014
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I bought this book for a project. It was how I imagined academic writing to be - dull, detailed and repetitive. It does give a reasonable explanation as to what drove people to revolution and supplied me with plenty for my project, but I would question the motives of this book. No credit at all is given to the monarchy for economic development (referred to as 'capital accumulation'), nor for the advancement of women. The actions of Marxist guerrillas are described as 'heroic struggles'. I would have preferred a more balanced book.
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