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Interview with Brasseur, Leon

Recollections of childhood in Iran; growing up in Esfahan; memory of meeting with Reza Shah; on social and political developments in Iran under Reza Shah; relations between the clergy and the government in the Pahlavi period; reminiscences of Prime Minister Amir Abbas Hoveyda; images of Iran before the Pahlavis; changes introduced in Iran by the Pahlavi state; relations between France and Iran during the Pahlavi period; on President Giscard D’Estang’s decision to admit Ayatollah Khomeini to France; Giscard’s policy towards the Revolution; great power policies and its impact on Iran; relations between Iran and Afghanistan.

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Part 3

Part 4


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63pp. + summary + biographical note + index

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