battle for the control of Iran’s oil from 1901 to the 1953 coup


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Describe the battle for the control of Iran’s oil from the granting of the first concession
in 1901 to the 1953 coup. How did conflict over oil interact with other factors and
developments to shape the course of Iranian history during this period?

Structure of book
–like a movie … opens (chap 1) with action designed to spark your interest, create suspense …
than a prolonged historical flashback to provide background, introduce main characters … then, at
end of chap. 10, return to where we left off at the end of chap 1

a. battle for control over oil … select key moments, be able to arrange those into a historical
narrative (a story – key players/characters, dramatic events)
b. other factors and developments
–use central themes in Iranian history (defined in chap. 2, then developed in book as a
–pay attention to other events
–attempt to democratize Iran (battles between parliament/Majlis and Shahs)
–rise and fall of nationalist sentiment … yearning for national independence
–battle between religious leaders and secular reformers
–Cold War, rivalry between GB and US – in short, external developments that were played out in Iran

4-5 pages, 12-pt font, 1″ margins
Do not include a “works cited” page. For direct citations, just put the page number in parentheses at the end of the sentence or passage cited. Use course material (Kinzer, All the Shah’s Men; lecture notes) only
material needed: Stephen Kinzer, All the Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror (Wiley, 2nd edition, 2008).

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