Roots of Revolution: An Interpretive History of Modern Iran

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Roots of Revolution: An Interpretive History of Modern Iran

By Nikki R. Keddie
Yale University Press, 1981
321 pp. $30.00
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The roots lie deep in Iran's history, although the revolution of 1978 had many immediate as well as underlying causes. In her narrative of political events Nikki Keddie, a scholar with impressive credentials on Iran, is more or less conventional. Where the history is interpretative is largely on the intellectual-cultural-religious side, and here it broadens the Western reader's understanding of why and how the revolution happened as it did.

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