The Oral History of Modern Iran

The history of modern Iran, the Middle East, and Asia are increasingly relevant to breaking news for ongoing international conflicts, trade relations, and globalization. Oral history is a tradition of passing down historical narratives to the next generation from previous tellings and personal and experiences of transformative events. Archival Institute’s collection of interviews gathered for the making of its multipart series present a significant oral history of unedited accounts from top Iran experts and Middle East scholars. These interviews detail a much needed historical context for present tension in the region and with the west. Unpacking major events such as World War I, World War II, the Cold War, and Postrevolutionary Iran, this collection offers powerful insights that are not found in short-form news reporting or news commentating.