Oriental Despotism: The Case of Qajar Iran

  title={Oriental Despotism: The Case of Qajar Iran},
  author={Ervand Abrahamian},
As R. H. Tawney once remarked, ‘the past reveals to the presenr what the present is capable of seeing’. Present political scientists who are interested in comparing past power structures have been the first observers to reveral methodically the fundaqmental differences between feudalism and oriental despotism. They have shown how the feudal monarchies of Europe, in their ideal form, were restricted by hereditary and independent aristocrats, by institutions representing the estates of the real… CONTINUE READING