Republics of Myth: National Narratives and the Us-Iran Conflict (MP3 CD)

Republics of Myth: National Narratives and the Us-Iran Conflict By John Tirman, Malcolm Byrne, Hussein Banai Cover Image

Republics of Myth: National Narratives and the Us-Iran Conflict (MP3 CD)

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Why does the rift between the US and Iran persist? Iran and the United States have been at odds for forty years, locked in a cold war that has run the gamut. In Republics of Myth, Hussein Banai, Malcolm Byrne, and John Tirman argue that a major contributing factor to this tenacious enmity is how each nation views itself. Their often-deadly confrontation derives from the very different national narratives that shape their politics, actions, and vision of their own destiny in the world. The dominant American narrative is the myth of the frontier--that the US can tame it, tame its inhabitants, and nurture democracy as well. Iran, conversely, can claim two dominant myths: the first, an unbroken (but not for lack of trying) lineage back to Cyrus the Great, and the second, the betrayal of Imam Hussein, the Prophet's grandson. From the coup d' tat that overthrew Iran's legitimate premier Mohammad Mosaddeq to the hostage crisis, the Iran-Iraq War, the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing, post-9/11 antagonisms, each episode illustrates anew the weight of historical narratives on present circumstances. Republics of Myth makes a major contribution to understanding this vital conflict.
Product Details ISBN: 9798212067478
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Publication Date: April 12th, 2022
Language: English