“SEEING LIKE A STATE”: AN ESSAY ON THE HISTORIOGRAPHY OF MODERN IRAN

@article{Schayegh2010SEEINGLA,
  title={“SEEING LIKE A STATE”: AN ESSAY ON THE HISTORIOGRAPHY OF MODERN IRAN},
  author={Cyrus Schayegh},
  journal={International Journal of Middle East Studies},
  year={2010},
  volume={42},
  pages={37 - 61}
}
  • C. Schayegh
  • Published 14 January 2010
  • History
  • International Journal of Middle East Studies
This essay is an attempt to reflect on the past and on possible futures of the historiography of Pahlavi Iran. At its root stands the observation that with the rise of the autocratic Pahlavi dynasty, the state began to cast a long shadow over the way journalists, intellectuals, and scholars saw modern Iran. Key actors—Reza Shah Pahlavi (r. 1921–41) and his bureaucratic elite, and Muhammad Reza Shah Pahlavi (r. 1941–79) and his technocratic elite—produced an image of the state as a unit… 
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