RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 173243859 LA English T1 Nationalizing Iran : culture, power, and the state, 1870-1940 A1 Marashi, Afshin., PB University of Washington Press PP Seattle YR 2008 SN 9780295987996 0295987995 9780295988207 0295988207 AB "In Nationalizing Iran, Afshin Marashi explores the changes that made possible this transformation of Iran into a social abstraction in which notions of state, society, and culture converged. He follows Naser al-Din Shah on a tour of Europe in 1873 that led to his importing a new public image of monarchy - an image based on the European late imperial model - relying heavily on the use of public ceremonies, rituals, and festivals to promote loyalty to the monarch. Meanwhile, Iranian intellectuals were reimagining ethnic history to reconcile "authentic" Iranian culture with the demands of modernity. From the reform of public education to the symbolism surrounding grand public ceremonies in honor of long-dead poets, Marashi shows how the state invented and promoted key features of the common culture binding state and society. The ideological thrust of that century would become the source of dramatic contestation in the late twentieth century."--Jacket.