The World War I And The Persian Question And A History

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Late 19th century political narratives, like Persia and the Persian Question and A History of Persia, greatly influenced the social-political discourses behind creation of Britain’s perception of Iran as a major world power. The British saw Persia as a great empire that could rise from the ashes of its glorious past, but in reality this imaginary perception never existed because policy argued against this notion. The current scholarship regarding Persia in Great War still requires more in-depth research to erase this current narrative of the middleman/victim perspective because everything is based on a British source base. This source base dominates the current political narrative that allows for things to be presented in Eurocentric fashion, which makes it difficult to change the current narrative to find Persia’s place within the General context of World War I. Most general monographs on World War I offer a tale of humanity admits a conflict that will change the known world after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Yet, this story is far more complicated because it involves the crumbling of empires and the development of nation states in the Middle East. Hew Strachan’s The First World War demonstrates the complicated nature of the Great War in the Middle East and the involvement of Persia. Most generalized texts on World War follow the traditional political rhetoric set by 19th century text and treat Persia as a forethought. In chapter four, “Jihad,” Strachan

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