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The Great American Plunder of Persia's Antiquities, 1925-1941

The Great American Plunder of Persia's Antiquities, 1925-1941

by Mohammad Gholi Majd


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Having previously visited a similar topic in his earlier Great Britain and Reza Shah: The Plunder of Iran 1921-1941 (University Press of Florida, 2001), Majd tells the story of, in his words, "a classic case of a powerful country extracting concessions from a weak, foreign-installed puppet regime that had no domestic support." Constructing his story from U.S. State Department documents, he examines how, at a time when the Persian government under Reza Shah was completely dependent on U.S. and British support, the American diplomatic corps pressured the country into accepting an unfair "Antiquities Law," which it then used to fight for the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago in raiding one-fifth of the recently discovered ruins of Persepolis. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761825593
Publisher: UPA
Publication date: 04/28/2003
Pages: 282
Product dimensions: 5.74(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.84(d)

About the Author

Mohammad Gholi Majd holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Introduction1
Chapter 2Arthur Upham Pope and Persian Artifacts29
Chapter 3The Opening of Persia to Foreign Archaeology, 1923-1930: The Antiquities Law of 193055
Chapter 4The Rush to Persia by American Museums89
Chapter 5Expedition to Persepolis by the Oriental Institute127
Chapter 6American Pressure and Persian Surrender159
Chapter 7Persepolis Expedition's New Field Director and New Concession195
Chapter 8Schmidt's Airplane and Turbulence in Iran-America Relations223
Chapter 9The Final Phase, 1937-1941: A Tale of Deceit and Coercion241
About the Author277

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