4. Iran and the West

Ali M. Ansari

in Iran

Published in print November 2014 | ISBN: 9780199669349
Published online November 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780191781315 | DOI:

Series: Very Short Introductions

4. Iran and the West

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‘Iran and the West’ charts the relationship between Iran and the West beginning in the 16th and 17th centuries with increased contact with Western rulers eager to secure both economic opportunities and political advantage. In the 18th century, as Europe embarked on Enlightenment and scientific revolution, Iran entered a period of prolonged political and economic turmoil—the collapse of the Safavid state and then the rise of the Qajar dynasty. The Constitutional Revolution of 1906 profoundly altered the political and social direction of the country and laid the foundations for much that was to follow. Twentieth-century politics and the profound effects of the 1979 Islamic Revolution are also described.

Keywords: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; Alexander the Great; Cold War; Constitutional Revolution; Enlightenment; Iran; Peter the Great; Qajar; West

Chapter.  10515 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Islam ; World History ; Middle Eastern History ; Politics

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