America and Iran: A History 1720 to the Present

Nov 10, 2021, 12:00 pm1:00 pm
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Event Description

In this rich, fascinating history, John Ghazvini an traces the complex story of the relations of these two powers back to the Persian Empire of the eighteenth century--the subject of great admiration of Thomas Jefferson and John Quincy Adams--and an America seen by Iranians as an ideal to emulate for their own government. 
Drawing on years of archival research both in the United States and lran--including access to Iranian government archives rarely available to Western scholars--the Iranian-born, Oxford­educated historian leads us through the four seasons of U.S.-lran relations: the "spring" of mutual fascination; the "summer" of early interactions; the "autumn" of close strategic ties; and the long, dark "winter" of mutual hatred. 

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Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies