Today he is an economist, historian, political scientist and literary critic specialized in Iranian studies. He has written a number of books on Iranian history, economy, culture and politics.
The Political Economy of Modern Iran is a well structured and written study into the economy and politics of a country with a rich, but troubled, legacy. This book is the result of a compression of a number of works into one single volume, thus giving the book an intensity usually attributed to journal articles. Katouzian condensed works together so that they could "offer a framework for the solution of past, present and future problems".2
Katouzian stresses that The Political Economy of Modern Iran is a study of Iranian 'politiconomic' development rather than an economic and political history of modern Iran or a historical study of the Iranian political economy (Katouzian 1981, 1). The book is divided into four distinct parts. The first part gives a broader historical and theoretical perspective on the topic, which is essential for understanding the book as a whole. The second part describes the period: 1921-41. This era began with the rise of Rez Khn and ended with the abdication of Rez Shah. ...Show more