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After the Coup

Sources are listed in abbreviations inside brackets at the end of each paragraph. See web/bibliography. [The leaked CIA report] places the coup in the context of the Cold War rather than that of the Anglo-Iranian oil crisis – a classic

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The Coup

Sources are listed in abbreviations inside brackets at the end of each paragraph. See web/bibliography. Three weeks after his election and five weeks before his inauguration, Eisenhower met with Anthony Eden, Churchill’s Foreign Secretary, to discuss the “Persian Question.” A

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Behind the Rhetoric

Sources are listed in abbreviations inside brackets at the end of each paragraph. See web/bibliography. “Max Thornburg, a Standard Oil executive” who “was brought in as a consultant to the Iranian government,” and had “recommended rejection of the Supplementary Agreement,”

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Mission: Control

Sources are listed in abbreviations inside brackets at the end of each paragraph. See web/bibliography for . For London, the AIOC had in Iran the world’s largest refinery, the second largest exporter of crude petroleum, and the third largest oil

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Mossadeq: the Mob’s Leader

Mossadeq was hated as much by his royalist and conservative compatriots as by the AIOC and the British Government. Sources are cited in abbreviations inside brackets at the end of each paragraph. See web/bibliography. [In 1952 Mossadeq] instigated a confrontation

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Nationalization: the “Crisis” Begins

Sources are cited in abbreviations inside brackets at the end of each paragraph. See web/bibliography. [In 1950] elections were held for the Sixteenth Majles, but police beat up candidates not favored by the Shah and riots broke out. The minister

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Labour Strikes in the Oil City – 1946-1951

Sources are cited in abbreviations inside brackets at the end of each paragraph. See web/bibliography. Labour unions, suppressed under Reza Shah, bloomed during the war and, watered with Tudeh [Community Party] encouragement, began to clamor for higher wages and better

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The Oil City: “A Persian Story”

Abbreviations inside brackets indicate sources which can be seen in the web/bibliography. Abadan [refinery] employed 30,000 workers. Most were hired locally, although there were still 3,000 imported Palestinians and Indian laborers working there [in 1941]. Only 16 Iranians with British

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Dealing in Oil – 1933-1949

Abbreviations inside brackets indicate sources which can be seen in the web/bibliography. Concerned about the rising nationalism in such countries as Turkey, Mexico and India, [the British government] did not want Iran to flare up and irreparably compromise the critical

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Strike Gold, Strike Oil – Origin of Oil Concessions [= Origin of BP] in Iran

Sources are cited in abbreviations inside brackets at the end of each paragraph. See web/bibliography. [O]il was primarily a lighting and heating fluid until Henry Ford produced his first assembly-line Model Ts and the horseless carriage went mass-market. Oil was

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