The 1953 Roots of 1979 with Ervand Abrahamian

April 24

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Sie Complex, Room 1020, Forum

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Much has been written about the causes of the 1979 revolution. This vast literature tends to ignore why this impressive looking state unraveled so quickly and so spectacularly. It did so mainly because it lacked national legitimacy, and it lost this legitimacy because of the CIA-MI6 Coup of August 1953. Historian Ervand Abrahamnian, Distinguished Professor at CUNY's Baruch College, will focus on the importance of the coup in modern Iranian history and why analyses of the revolution--especially US and UK post-mortems--invariably overlook its significance.

This event is free and open to the public; lunch is provided to those who RSVP.