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The Left in Contemporary Iran: Ideology, Organisation and the Soviet Connection
The Left in Contemporary Iran: Ideology, Organisation and the Soviet Connection
By Sepehr Zabih
Croom Helm/Stanford: Hoover Press, 1986, 239 pp.

A searching inquiry into the doctrines, programs and leaders of Iran's left-wing parties before and after the Khomeini revolution and the consolidation of the clerical regime, which succeeded in repressing or destroying them all: Tudeh, Mujahedeen, Fedayeen and others. Like many revolutionary movements with a history of failure, their record is marked by a bewildering confusion of shifts, turns and splits, which the author follows in masterly fashion. As for the "Soviet connection," the story of the Tudeh party leaves no doubt where it looked for guidance, but the book has relatively little on Soviet strategy and tactics in dealing with Iran's various leftists.