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US foreign policy and the modernization of Iran : Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and the Shah / Ben Offiler.

Author/Creator:
Offiler, Ben, author.
Publication:
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
Format/Description:
Book
x, 227 pages ; 23 cm.
Series:
Security, conflict and cooperation in the contemporary world.
Security, conflict and cooperation in the contemporary world
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Other Title:
United States foreign policy and the modernization of Iran
Subjects:
United States -- Foreign relations -- Iran.
Iran -- Foreign relations -- United States.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1963-1969.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1969-1974.
Diplomatic relations.
Politics and government.
Iran.
United States.
Summary:
The relationship between the United States and Iran has long been burdened by missed opportunities and misunderstandings. Even during the Cold War at the height of the alliance between America and the last Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Richard Nixon increasingly found themselves having to overcome tensions with Tehran. In US Foreign Policy and the Modernization of Iran, Ben Offiler argues that these presidents engaged with the Shah in a contest over Iranian modernity and, despite Washington's superpower status, struggled to exert influence over the Shah's regime. As a result of the continuity in the policies of Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon, and the Shah's ability to demonstrate that he was not merely an American pawn, the United States came to accept its declining influence over Iran and endorse the Shah's vision of modernity, thereby tying the White House intimately to the survival -- and downfall -- of the Pahlavi dynasty.
Contents:
Introduction
Modernization Theory and the United States Meets Iran
The Kennedy Administration, Internal Disputes, and Modernization
JFK, the 'Massage Problem,' Modernization, and Missed Opportunities
Lyndon Johnson, the Shah, and Iranian Opposition
'Papa Knows Best': Resisting American Influence
British Withdrawal, the End of AID, and the Six Day War
Richard Nixon, the Shah, and Continuity
Conclusion.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 206-222) and index.
Local notes:
Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Alumni and Friends Memorial Book Fund.
Contributor:
Alumni and Friends Memorial Book Fund.
ISBN:
9781137482204
1137482206
OCLC:
907127341
Publisher Number:
99963888917