A Military History of Iran and Its Armed Forces
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These qualities and the Iranians' ability to impose high costs on their enemies by exploiting Iran's imposing geography bear careful consideration today by potential opponents.
Preface Introduction: The Iranian Phoenix 1. Heritage of Greatness, Legacy of Loss 2. Powerful Predecessors: The Safavids and Nader Shah 3. Laughingstock: The Qajar Military 4. Nationalism Unleashed: From Revolution to the Great War 5. Two Paths: The Birth of the Modern Iranian Armed Forces 6. Sidelined: The World at War in Iran7. Cold War Pillar: The Rise of the Imperial Armed Forces 8. Old Guard, New Guard: Iran's Armed Forces in the Islamic Revolution9. Horrible Sacrifice: The Iran-Iraq War 10. Despise Not Your Enemy: Iran's Armed Forces in the Twenty-first Century Notes Bibliography Index
Immortal is a superbly written and researched work. Steven Ward has delivered a critically important contribution to understanding the Persian military. This is a must read for those who want to understand Iranian military thinking, heritage, and capability. -- General Anthony C. Zinni, United States Marine Corps (Ret.), and former commander, U.S. Central Command Before we rush headlong into another Middle Eastern quagmire, it is critical for Americans to develop a greater appreciation for Iran's military history and capability. Steven Ward's Immortal comes at a critical moment, when its subject-the military development of Iran-is one of the most important issues confronting our nation. There are few Westerners who possess Ward's experience and understanding of the Iranian armed forces, and he has done us all a great service by placing his wealth of knowledge at our disposal. Immortal is a thoughtful, fascinating and extremely informative study of Iran's military from the past to the very present that will finally allow us to fill a large gap in our understanding of one of the most pressing foreign policy problems of the twenty-first century. -- Kenneth M. Pollack, author of The Persian Puzzle: The Conflict Between Iran and America Far too often, Americans ignore history and leave military history to a narrow range of experts. The choice of peace or war in dealing with Iran, however, is far too important to make without an understanding of Iran's military history and how its forces have evolved. Steven R. Ward's Immortal provides essential background to making that choice. -- Anthony H. Cordesman, Burke Chair in Strategy, Center for Strategic and International Studies