Accession Number : ADA154598
Title : Iran and the Big Powers, 1900-1953.
Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,
Corporate Author : ARMY MILITARY PERSONNEL CENTER ALEXANDRIA VA
Personal Author(s) : Muhl,J H , Jr
Report Date : 26 Apr 1985
Pagination or Media Count : 142
Abstract : Throughout its history Iran has been one of few Middle Eastern countries able to maintain independence under intensive imperialistic activity by foreign powers. Even in the aftermath of World War I and II, a battered Iran kept its autonomy despite the rearrangement of international boundaries throughout the Middle East. How was a country lacking modern technology and in the midst of drastic internal transformation and external pressures able to secure its sovereignty? With Russian and British empires as neighbors, Iran's survival during the 'Age of Imperialism' was a remarkable act. Nationalism, as a counterweight to external forces and as a prod for domestic development, played the pivotal role. The interaction between Iranian foreign policy and the objectives of internal development is the backdrop. Iran's continual balancing act between imperialist or East-West powers provides the drama.
Descriptors : *GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS , *IRAN , FOREIGN POLICY , USSR , MIDDLE EAST , BOUNDARIES , HISTORY , INTERNATIONAL
Subject Categories : Humanities and History
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE