Frontier Fictions: Shaping the Iranian Nation, 1804-1946 by Firoozeh Kashani-SabetFrontier Fictions: Shaping the Iranian Nation, 1804-1946 by Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet

Frontier Fictions: Shaping the Iranian Nation, 1804-1946

byFiroozeh Kashani-Sabet

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InFrontier Fictions, Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet looks at the efforts of Iranians to defend, if not expand, their borders in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and explores how their conceptions of national geography influenced cultural and political change. The "frontier fictions," or the ways in which the Iranians viewed their often fluctuating borders and the conflicts surrounding them, played a dominant role in defining the nation. On these borderlands, new ideas of citizenship and nationality were unleashed, refining older ideas of ethnicity.


Kashani-Sabet maintains that land-based conceptions of countries existed before the advent of the modern nation-state. Her focus on geography enables her to explore and document fully a wide range of aspects of modern citizenship in Iran, including love of homeland, the hegemony of the Persian language, and widespread interest in archaeology, travel, and map-making. While many historians have focused on the concept of the "imagined community" in their explanations of the rise of nationalism, Kashani-Sabet is able to complement this perspective with a very tangible explanation of what connects people to a specific place. Her approach is intended to enrich our understanding not only of Iranian nationalism, but also of nationalism everywhere.

Firoozeh Kashani-Sabetwas born in Tehran, Iran. She completed her Ph.D. in history at Yale University.
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Title:Frontier Fictions: Shaping the Iranian Nation, 1804-1946Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 9.25 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:April 17, 2011Publisher:Princeton University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:069115113X

ISBN - 13:9780691151137

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Chronology of Major Events
Glossary
Introduction. Frontier Fictions3
1A Manifest Destiny Diverted, 1804-189615
2Limning the Landscape: Geographical Depictions of the Homeland, 1850s-189647
3From Riches to Ruins: The Political Economy of Frontiers, 1897-190675
4Political Parables: Iran's Frontier Crucible, 1906-1914101
5Coercing Camaraderie: The War, the Military, and the Myth of Riza Khan, 1914-1926144
6Parenting Little Patriots: Domesticating the Homeland, 1921-1926180
Conclusion. What's in a Name? From Persia to Iran, 1926-1946216
Notes227
Bibliography285
Index301

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"Thoroughly researched, eloquently written, and objectively presented, Frontier Fictions is a valuable addition to contemporary Iranian historiography."--Choice