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  • 10/2018
  • 9783319978369
  • 301 pages
  • $84.99
Taghi Erani, a Polymath in Interwar Berlin: Fundamental Science, Psychology, Orientalism, and Political Philosophy (2019)
We follow the footsteps of a young man from Qajar Persia and his discovery of the bewildering life in 1920s Berlin, Weimar era & its descent into the abyss during the Third Reich, which parallels the story unfolding in his home country; the constitutional order sprouting in Qajar gets sabotaged by a military man that takes hold of the country, founding the Pahlavi dynasty. In the process, we see his brush with great names in science (Nernst, Planck, Einstein), German orientalism (Mittwoch, Becker, Rosen, Litten), psychology (Köhler, prompting him to explore Wundt and Freud), and leftwing activism (Münzenberg, Breitscheid, Ledebour, Gibarti). A journey in interwar intellectual and geopolitical history in the form of a biography (1902-1940).
Reviews
Noam Chomsky

A remarkable life, lucidly narrated, with valuable lessons for today.

Prof. Colin Atkinson, FRS, Imperial College

The fruit of many years of labor, this book elucidates the complications and politics of Iranian history through the lens of Erani’s spectacular life.

Prof. Stephanie Cronin, Oxford University

This is an important and timely book on a neglected figure. It sheds much light on Taghi Erani and his circle, and also on the wider intellectual and political history of modern Iran.

Prof. Suzanne Marchand, Louisiana State University

This book tells a fascinating story of an aspiring Persian scientist who, unintentionally, became a German orientalist, and subsequently a psychological autodidact, philosopher of science, and leftwing political activist.  Drawing on sources in many languages, this transnational study offers unusual insight into the simultaneously exhilarating and treacherous worlds inhabited by non-western intellectuals in the twentieth century’s first half.

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Hardcover Book Details
  • 10/2018
  • 9783319978369
  • 301 pages
  • $84.99

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