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Making History in IranEducation, Nationalism, and Print Culture$
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Farzin Vejdani

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780804791533

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804791533.001.0001

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Making History in Iran

Farzin Vejdani

Stanford University Press

This chapter reevaluates the distinctive features characterizing history writing in the formative years, 1860-1940. It argues that the social profile of the “historian” varied greatly and was difficult to define through a notion of professionalism. The autonomy of individuals and institutions, particularly vis-à-vis the state, partly explains the timing for the emergence and popularity of certain genres of history. The chapter discusses how the nation became the primary category for writing history through translations, transnational engagements with foreign scholars, and the writing of world histories. It assesses how the broad cross section of Iranians employed history to delineate the criteria for citizenship while simultaneously excluding populations on the basis of race, civilization, and the military defense of the “nation.” Finally, it compares Iranian history-writing practices and narratives with other locations and suggests that this might be a fruitful starting point for writing connected histories of historiography.

Keywords:   citizenship, historians, comparative history, patronage, the state, nationalism, connected history

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