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25.11.2011 11:00 - 13:00

Institut für Iranistik
Apostelgasse 23
1030 Wien

Bettina Hofleitner
Institut für Iranistik

Zentrum Asienwissenschaften und Sozialanthropologie

Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften (ÖAW)
Apostelgasse 23
1030 Wien

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Two coups d’État in the History of the Pahlavi Dynasty: Problems for the Historian

Workshop mit Prof. Dr. Yann Richard

The two coups d’État that brought to power (or back to power) the two Pahlavi leaders (in 1921 and 1953) share obvious similarities which were not always pointed out by historians: both met with a successful outcome in a context of fear, and both secretly benefited from the support of a foreign power. In our quest for documentary evidence, we are in both cases confronted to a lack of primary documents and to contradictory reports. In Iran, nationalist historiography was always eager to incriminate one naughty Foreign Service or another. Upon closer examination, however, some contradictions can be attested among the sources. (See my article in Studia Iranica, 38, 1 – 2009)

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