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Ethnicity, identification, and the advance of Nationalism in Iran investigates the ways that Armenian minorities in Iran encountered Iranian nationalism and took part in its improvement over the process the 20 th century. established totally on oral interviews, archival records, own memoirs, memorabilia, and images, the booklet examines the lives of a crew of Armenian-Iranians-a truck driving force, a military officer, a parliamentary consultant, a civil servant, and a scout leader-and explores the own conflicts and paradoxes attendant upon their layered allegiances and compound identities. In documenting person reviews in Iranian undefined, army, executive, schooling, and group association, the 5 social biographies aspect a few of the roles of elites and non-elites within the improvement of Iranian nationalism and exhibit the a number of forces that form the strategies of identification formation. Yaghoubian combines those graphics with theories of nationalism and nationwide identification to reply to ordinary pivotal questions on how nationalism evolves, why it's beautiful, what large forces and day-by-day actions form and maintain it, and the function of ethnicity in its improvement.

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Ethnicity, Identity, and the Development of Nationalism in Iran

Ethnicity, identification, and the improvement of Nationalism in Iran investigates the ways that Armenian minorities in Iran encountered Iranian nationalism and took part in its improvement over the process the 20th century. established totally on oral interviews, archival files, own memoirs, memorabilia, and images, the ebook examines the lives of a crew of Armenian-Iranians-a truck driving force, a military officer, a parliamentary consultant, a civil servant, and a scout leader-and explores the own conflicts and paradoxes attendant upon their layered allegiances and compound identities.

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47 Expanding on his point that top-down studies of nations and nationalism must be complemented with studies from the bottom up that take ordinary people’s concerns into account, Hobsbawm maintains that ideologies of states and political movements do not inform our understanding of how citizens feel; that it cannot be assumed that people place their national identity above other sources and objects of identification; and that national identification changes or shifts over time, even within brief periods.

Initiating the shah’s traditional participation in the annual event, a lone sayar (explorer scout) turns to salute the king where he sits in the stands with Parliament members, generals, ministers, and other highranking state officials. With this honorific cue, the shah rises to his feet, returns the salute, and remains standing in review as the Iranian scouts, athletes, students, and an assortment of representatives from social and cultural organizations from across the country march past to the cadence of the national military band.

The national scouting organization is itself based on invented traditions such as oaths, salutes, rites of passage, and rank. Multiple layers of invented traditions can be located in this event that fit Hobsbawm’s general illustration of the phenomenon. Remarkably, even a cursory discussion of the shah’s birthday rally is consistent with not one but all three categories of invented traditions that Hobsbawm delineates in his typology. 46 Yet although entirely consistent with Hobsbawm’s theoretical typology of invented traditions in the 1983 collection, his next book, specifically focusing on nationalism, would assert the role of the social historian in ultimately determining the accuracy, utility, and applicability of his theories.

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