Rather than a centralized state, Iran in the nineteenth century was a delicate balance between tribal groups, urban merchant communities, religious elites, and an autocratic monarchy. While Russia gained an increasingly dominant political role in Iran over the course of this century, Russian influence was often challenged by banditry on the roads, riots in the cities, and the seeming arbitrariness of the Shah. Iran and Russian Imperialism develops a comprehensive picture of Russia´s historical entanglements with one of its most important neighbours in Asia. It recounts how the Russian Empire strived to gain political influence at the Persian court, promote Russian trade, and secure the enormous southern borders of the empire. Using hitherto often neglected documents from archives in Russia and Georgia and reading them against the grain, this book reveals the complex reactions of different groups in Iranian society to Russian imperialism. As it turns out, the Iranians were, in the words of the Russian orientalist Konstantin Smirnov, ´´ideal anarchists,´´ whose resistance to imperial domination, as well as to centralized state institutions more generally, impacted developments in the region in the century to come. Iran´s troubled relationship with the wider world continues to be a topic of considerable interest to historians, yet little focus has been given to Russia´s historical connections to Iran. This book thus represents a valuable contribution to Iranian and Russian History, as well as International Relations.
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In late 2013, Americans were shocked to learn that a former FBI agent turned private investigator who disappeared in Iran in 2007 was there on a mission for the CIA. The missing man, Robert Levinson, appeared in pictures dressed like a Guantánamo prisoner and pleaded in a video for help from the United States. Barry Meier, an award-winning investigative reporter for The New York Times, draws on years of interviews and never-before-disclosed CIA files to weave together a riveting narrative of the ex-agent´s journey to Iran and the hunt to rescue him. The result is an extraordinary tale about the shadowlands between crime, business, espionage, and the law, where secrets are currency and betrayal is commonplace. Its colorful cast includes CIA operatives, Russian oligarchs, arms dealers, White House officials, gangsters, private eyes, FBI agents, journalists, and a fugitive American terrorist and assassin. Missing Man is a fast-paced story that moves through exotic locales and is set against the backdrop of the twilight war between the United States and Iran, one in which hostages are used as political pawns. Filled with stunning revelations, it chronicles a family´s ongoing search for answers and one man´s desperate struggle to keep his hand in the game. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ray Porter. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/high/001080/bk_high_001080_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Having known and observed Jeremy for almost half a century, I have no doubt that his influence has been as great as that of all but the most senior figures in government. In his second book, Jeremy continues the recounting of his life´s work, which he began in his early volume, Every Man Should Try: Adventures of a Public Interest Activist. Jeremy has devoted his life to conflict resolution and to ending the nuclear arms race. He has, at the same time, gotten involved constructively in a surprising range of interesting issues involving human rights and foreign policy. The conflicts that Jeremy sought to mitigate in the second work - US-Russian nuclear relations, China´s relation with Taiwan, North Korea´s relations with its neighbors, and U.S.-Iranian relations - have all been affected for the better by Jeremy´s efforts. Readers less familiar with international diplomacy may be surprised and perhaps even incredulous that a private citizen can have such an impact on the thinking and behavior of governments. - From the preface by Morton H. Halperin, Director of the Policy Planning Staff, Department of State (1998-2001) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Roberto Scarlato. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/071030/bk_acx0_071030_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.