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Comparison of the Turkish and Iranian modernization process

The bachelor's thesis " Comparison of the Turkish and Iranian Modernization Process: Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and Reza Shah Pahlavi " deals with the issue of Turkish and Iranian modernization in the interwar period and compares political practices in the modernization of these two Muslim states. The aim of the work is to use a comparative method to clarify the reasons why modernization was successful in the first case and not in the second. The work is based on a comparison of the initial conditions for the start of reforms and continues with an analysis of the key themes of both modernizations. These topics are mainly the roles of nationalism, secularization reforms, socio-economic reforms and westernization. Last but not least, the work deals with the nature of the regime and focuses mainly on the role of leaders Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and Reza Shah Pahlaví.

Comparison of the Turkish and Iranian modernization process: 10. The fall of Reza Shah Pahlaví

The Shah's regime became increasingly despotic over time. At the beginning of the government, Reza Shah had considerable public support across sections of society. The urban stratum of the merchants of the base, the intelligentsia, and the bureaucratic apparatus became the support of the regime. Unlike Turkey, Iran became a military regime, where the military not only acted as a law enforcement officer, but also intervened in civilian administration. . The Shah's policy has shown signs of despotism since the 1930s, which was reflected especially in relation to the opposition.

Comparison of the Turkish and Iranian modernization process: 2. Theoretical concept of modernization

Based on Shils' classification of modernization regimes, Atatürk's Turkey and Iran by Reza Shah Pahlaví are often classified as modernization oligarchies. These are characterized by a strong authoritarian government and certain elements of pluralist parliamentarism, which are, however, only formal. The precondition for the modernization oligarchy is the existence of a strong elite, with an effective tool for maintaining stability, especially the military components, which are often part of this elite.

Comparison of the Turkish and Iranian modernization process: 3. Access to power and legitimacy

Since the comparison of initial conditions is decisive for assessing the results of political and social transformation, I will deal in this chapter with a comparison of the rise to power of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and Reza Khan. I will try to clarify here the circumstances in which the actors of the coup came to power and, in particular, how they justified their legitimacy. Although these are coups, the question of legitimacy is essential for the maintenance of regimes.

Comparison of the Turkish and Iranian modernization process: 4. The nature of regimes

In order to assess the reforms themselves, it is necessary to determine the type of government from the point of view of the holders, which will help to clarify the way in which the reforms were implemented. Both regimes were an authoritarian government led by a charismatic leader. However, the systems differed in the type of formal political establishment ( republic versus constitutional monarchy ) and, above all, in the way power was exercised. Unlike Reza Shah, who exercised power directly or through the established cabinet of ministers, Atatürk ruled through a party he founded, which became a monopoly party. The nature of the regimes also differed in the degree of authoritarianism. Atatürk's regime was undeniably authoritarian, but allowed for broader political participation than the Shah's dictatorship.

Comparison of the Turkish and Iranian modernization process: 5. Nationalism

In both countries, the period of modernization is inextricably linked to Turkish and Iranian nationalism in its current form. Both nationalisms are characterized by nationalist rhetoric, an emphasis on language policy with the demand for a unified language and the pursuit of national unity, even at the cost of suppressing ethnic minorities. Both Atatürk and Reza Shah based their legitimacy primarily on the principle of nationality. In both states, it is a period of nationalism, or a period of so-called national revival, as defined by Ernest Gellner.

Comparison of the Turkish and Iranian modernization process: 6. Secularization

In the secular wave of Muslim states in the 1930s, Turkey and Iran were the leading states of secularization. The nationalist modernists of the Islamic world saw Islam as a reason for backwardness and were inspired by the Western model of separation of church and state, in which they saw the basis of progress. Originally a Western thesis about the negative effect of Islam on material progress, it spread in Muslim intellectual circles at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Comparison of the Turkish and Iranian modernization process: 7. The role of the army

One of the biggest differences between Turkish and Iranian modernization is the way the regime is maintained, or the role of the military in the reform process. This factor illustrates well the extent to which the change in society has been imposed by force and the real level of political participation.
In Turkey, there has been talk of a civilian government since 1923, in contrast to Iran, where the military has played a key role a) as a proponent of modernization, b) as a tool for maintaining the regime.

Comparison of the Turkish and Iranian modernization process: 8. Economic modernization and industrialization

The idea of modernization is based on the theory of all-round human progress, the most visible and tangible result of which is economic development, technological innovation and economic growth, which presuppose later development in the cultural and political spheres. Reformers of the first half of the twentieth century therefore saw the modernization of the state economy and industry as one of the goals of their efforts. The tools for achieving economic prosperity varied from movement to movement, but their common denominator was industrialization. After the First World War, both Turkey and Iran relied on similar economic conditions, mostly from agrarian countries with relatively backward agriculture and an unfavorable economic situation.

Comparison of the Turkish and Iranian modernization process: Introduction

The issue of modernization of Muslim states is a separate topic of the theory of modernization. The specific nature of modernization processes in Islamic countries at the beginning of the twentieth century stems mainly from two facts. Firstly, all these states were confronted with the question of the position of Islam in the political system arising from the historical tradition, and secondly, in this area it is also a period of the emergence of nationalism and nation-states. Turkey and Iran, together with Egypt, were among the first countries in the region to embark on a modernization process and whose reforms have to some extent become a model for other countries.

Geopolitics in Central Asia

Central Asia is an important region, both militarily and economically, in which the great powers are showing increasing interest. The collapse of the USSR resulted in the independence of the five Central Asian republics, which naturally began to seek new allies and partners in the international system. The involvement of world and regional powers did not take long, and the region soon gained a distinctive name: the New Balkans. The strategic position, the rich raw material base, as well as the ethnic and religious composition are motives that continuously contribute to the intensification of the rivalry between the main international players in Central Asia.

Iran's Current Foreign Policy

In this work, I want to find the causes of Iran's behavior on the international stage and explain this behavior based on an analysis of the relationship between Iran and selected countries, a description of the modern history of Iran and its domestic political situation. The main goal of this work is to analyze the mutual relations between Iran and selected countries. I also deal with the problems that occur in these relationships.




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