Labor & Industry in Iran
1850 -1941
Author:
Willem Floor
labor & industry in iran
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In the nineteenth century, Iranian reformers wanted to create an independent, modern state that could stand on its own feet. However, constrained by foreign influence, ignorance, and inexperience, their efforts at industrialization were an expensive failure. When a modernizing regime took over the country in 1925, it began the most interesting example of a state-directed effort at economic organization in the Middle East. [more]

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In the nineteenth century, Iranian reformers wanted to create an independent, modern state that could stand on its own feet. However, constrained by foreign influence, ignorance, and inexperience, their efforts at industrialization were an expensive failure. When a modernizing regime took over the country in 1925, it began the most interesting example of a state-directed effort at economic organization in the Middle East. Iran was able to lift itself up by its bootstraps by financing its own very capital intensive industrialization program without borrowing from abroad. But the people of Iran paid for their nation’s modernization through heavy taxation, bad living conditions and dictatorial rule. And although unionization of labor failed, and bad working conditions, low wages and lack of labor laws remained, the much reviled Reza Shah had ironically been able to realize the dreams of the nineteenth and early-twentieth-century reformers.

Willem Floor uses primary sources and documents, as well as statistics, to analyze the costs and benefits of Iran’s efforts toward industrial modernization from the 1850s to 1941. This study is essential reading for anyone interested in the details of the economic history of modern Iran.





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Willem Floor has published numerous works of history as well as translations. His more recent books include:
Public Health in Qajar Iran; Agriculture in Qajar Iran; The History of Theater in Iran; The Persian Gulf: A Political and Economic History of Five Port Cities and its second volume, The Persian Gulf: The Rise of the Gulf Arabs; and A Social History of Sexual Relations in Iran. His recent translations include: Samuel Gottlieb Gmelin’s Travels Through Northern Persia 1770–1774; Mirza Naqi Nasiri’s Titles and Emoluments in Safavid Iran; and with Hasan Javadi, Abbas Qoli Aqa Bakikhanov’s The Heavenly Rose Garden: A History of Shirvan & Daghestan.

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2009
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Format:
8.5" x 11"
244 pages
original paperback
978-1-933823-28-7
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