Using recently declassified State Department records, Mohammad Gholi Majd describes the manner in which the U.S. government guided and assisted American museums in acquiring vast quantities of Persian antiquities and archaeological finds. Majd also documents the looting of Persia's mosques and shrines, the transfer of these religious artifacts to London, and the subsequent acquisition of some of the objects by such museums as the Metropolitan of New York. In the evolution of American-Persian relations, the importance of the antiquities story has remained unrecognized.
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About the Author
Mohammad Gholi Majd holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Arthur Upham Pope and Persian Artifacts Chapter 4 The Opening of Persia to Foreign Archaeology, 1923-1930: The Antiquities Law of 1930 Chapter 5 The Rush to Persia by American Museums Chapter 6 Expedition to Persepolis by the Oriental Institute Chapter 7 American Pressure and Persian Surrender Chapter 8 Persepolis Expedition's New Field Director and New Concession Chapter 9 Schmidt's Airplane and Turbulence in Iran-America Relations Chapter 10 The Final Phase, 1937-1941: A Tale of Deceit and Coercion Chapter 11 Index Chapter 12 About the Author