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The Soviet Union and Iran: Soviet Policy in Iran From the Beginnings of the Pahlavi Dynasty Until the Soviet Invasion in 1941
The Soviet Union and Iran: Soviet Policy in Iran From the Beginnings of the Pahlavi Dynasty Until the Soviet Invasion in 1941
By Miron Rezun
Sijthoff/Institut Universitaire de Hautes Études Internationales, 1981, 425 pp

The most thorough study yet on a critical chapter of Soviet policy in the Middle East. Rezun has made good use of the published documentary collections of the Soviet Foreign Ministry, now out for that period, as well as of other Soviet, Iranian and Western sources. He faces frankly the difficulties of untangling the activities of Narkomindel, the NKVD and the Comintern, and keeps his eye on the central concept of Soviet state interest.