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The Revolutionary Movement in Present-Day Iran

Persiia [Persia]. Header on title: "Revoliutsionnoe dvizhenie v stranakh kapitala" (The revolutionary movement in capitalist countries).

Moscow: Izdatel'stvo TsK MOPR SSSR, 1929. Octavo (22 × 16 cm). Original staple-stitched pictorial wrappers; 30, [1] pp. Light overall wear to wrappers; pencil owner inscription to title; else about very good.

Scarce pamphlet about revolutionary efforts in today's Iran during the late 1910s and 1920s, by the Persian born, but ethnically Armenian, communist activist, revolutionary, and later Soviet economist, Avetis Mikaelian. Born in Maragheh, in Iranian Azerbaijan, Mikaelian came in touch with the Bolsheviks in St. Petersburg, joining the party in 1912 and serving as a liaison in the Caucasus. After the October Revolution, he co-founded the Communist Party of Persia. He also became a published scholar on the “oil question” as well as other subjects in finance and economics, leading him eventually to as an administrator in the Soviet government and especially its banking sector. In 1938, he was arrested on false charges of espionage and ultimately became a victim of Stalin’s Terror (he was posthumously rehabilitated in 1956).

The pamphlet, one of several works by Mikaelian, contains chapters on the current economic situation of Persia; the times of revolutionary revolt and the rise of the regime of Reza Schah Pahlavi; the colonialist politics of the English imperialist forces in Persia and preparations for a war against the USSR; and the "enlightened" absolutism of the current Persian dynasty. Published by the International Red Aid (also known by its Russian acronym MOPR), an international social aid organization established by the Communist International. It was founded in 1922 to function as an "international political Red Cross," providing material and moral aid to radical "class war" political prisoners around the world. 

As of August 2020, KVK and OCLC show no copies of this edition, tracing only a 1922 title on Persia by the same author (Sovremennaia Persiia, held at National Diet Library, Tokyo) and a 1931 edition titled "Persiia"

Book ID: 50824

Price: $450.00