The Soviet Union and Iran: Soviet Policy in Iran From the Beginnings of the Pahlavi Dynasty Until the Soviet Invasion in 1941

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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

By Miron Rezun
Sijthoff/Institut Universitaire de Hautes Études Internationales, 1981
425 pp.
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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.

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