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Arming the Shah. U.S. arms policies towards Iran, 1950-1979

McGlinchey, Stephen 2012. Arming the Shah. U.S. arms policies towards Iran, 1950-1979. PhD Thesis, Cardiff University.
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Abstract

This thesis reconstructs and explains the arms relationship that successive U.S. administrations developed with the Shah of Iran between 1950 and 1979. This relationship has generally been neglected in the extant literature leading to a series of omissions and distortions in the historical record. By detailing how and why Iran transitioned from a low order military aid recipient in the 1950s to America’s primary military credit customer in the late 1960s and 1970s, this thesis provides a detailed and original contribution to the understanding of a key Cold War episode. By drawing on extensive declassified archival records, the investigation demonstrates the not only the importance of the arms relationship but also how it reflected, and contributed to, the wider evolution of U.S.-­‐ Iranian relations from a position of Iranian client state dependency to a situation where the U.S. became heavily leveraged to the Shah for protection of the Gulf and beyond -­‐ until the policy met its disastrous end in 1979 as an antithetical regime took power in Iran.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D839 Post-war History, 1945 on
E History America > E151 United States (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Uncontrolled Keywords: Iran, arms, the shah, US foreign policy, Middle East, Persian Gulf, containment, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, Lyndon B. Johnson, John F. Kennedy
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2016 23:13
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/43441

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