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Michael Zirinsky

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The United States And Iran, Michael Zirinsky Oct 2009

The United States And Iran, Michael Zirinsky

Michael Zirinsky

Since the 1978-79 revolution and emergence of an Islamic Republic, America has been transfixed by images of Iran fomenting terror against the US. Ironically, before 1978 most Americans knew nothing about Iran, leading President Carter famously to praise it, on the eve of upheaval, as an island of stability in the midst of a sea of turmoil. Sad to say, many Iranians also have a hostile view of America, based not on the beneficent idealism which characterized US policy in the Middle East before the Second World War, but on American Cold War activism, including sponsoring a 1953 coup d ...


Dr. Jordan, Michael Zirinsky Dec 2008

Dr. Jordan, Michael Zirinsky

Michael Zirinsky

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Imperial Power And Dictatorship: Britain And The Rise Of Reza Shah, 1921–1926, Michael P. Zirinsky Oct 1992

Imperial Power And Dictatorship: Britain And The Rise Of Reza Shah, 1921–1926, Michael P. Zirinsky

Michael Zirinsky

Born in obscurity about 1878 and soon orphaned, Reza Pahlavi enlisted at fifteen in a Russian-officered Cossack brigade. Rising through the ranks, he provided force for a February 1921 coup d'etat, seizing power for journalist Sayyid Zia alDin Tabatabai. Reza Khan provided strength in the new government and rose from army commander to minister of war (April 1921) to prime minister (1923) and, after failing to make a republic in 1924, to the throne in 1925. As shah he ruled with increasingly arbitrary power until Britain and Russia deposed him in 1941. He died in exile in 1944.1 ...