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The Trouble with Third Powers: German-Iranian Relations to 1941

The Trouble with Third Powers: German-Iranian Relations to 1941
Bancroft Hall 200B, 4 Bancroft Avenue Toronto, Ontario
Time: Feb 15th, 4:00 pm End: Feb 15th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: South Asian, Sociology (FAS), Political Science, Philosophy (FAS), Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (FAS), Humanities, History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), German (FAS), Diaspora/Transnational, Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (UTM), 1900-1950
Lecture by Jennifer Jenkins, University of Toronto

The Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Department of History, Department of Historical Studies, Foundation for Iranian Studies & the Toronto Initiative for Iranian Studies are pleased to present: 

Jennifer Jenkins, University of Toronto.

The Trouble with Third Powers: German-Iranian Relations to 1941

Jennifer Jenkins is Associate Professor of German and European History at the University of Toronto, where she holds a Canada Research Chair in Modern German History. She is the author of Provincial Modernity: Local Culture and Liberal Politics in Fin-de-Siecle Hamburg (Cornell University Press, 2003). Jenkins has held fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Center for European Studies at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is currently engaged in writing two books: Weltpolitik on the Persian Frontier: Germany and Iran, 1873-1941, an exploration of Germany's global interactions in the age of empire, and Germany Among the Global Empires, which will appear in the series "A New History of Modern Europe" published by Wiley-Blackwell. 

Abstract: This talk analyzes the German presence in Iran from 1928 until the Allied invasion of the country in August 1941. By 1940-41 the economic relationship between the two countries was at its height, with Germany enjoying the position of Iran's "foremost trade partner." In looking at this peak period of interaction, questions arise as to continuities and ruptures in the relationship between the two states. What was specific to the Nazi economic relationship with Iran? What were the older German-Persian economic foundations upon which Hitler's regime built and expanded? Did ideological connections primarily shape the relationship in the 1930s, or did national economic interests—as exercised by each side—dominate? After providing background on German-Iranian relations, this talk will argue the economic side. It explores why Iran became a site of National Socialist economic concentration in the mid 1930s, and asks the question of how the plans of Reich Economics Minister Hjalmar Schacht for the global outreach of the Nazi economy spoke to the desires of Reza Shah's Iran for national modernization.  


This lecture is part of the Winter/Spring 2013 Iranian Studies Seminar Series, and is open to everyone. For more information, please contact The Toronto Initiative for Iranian Studies at 416-978-2413 or visit their Facebook page

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