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The origins of Communist Unity: anti-colonialism

and revolution in Iran’s tri-continental moment

 

British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies

 

ISSN: 1353-0194 (Print) 1469-3542 (Online) Journal homepage: https://www.tandfonline.com/loi/cbjm20

 

The origins of Communist Unity: anti-colonialism

and revolution in Iran’s tri-continental moment

 

Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi

 

To cite this article: Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi (2018) The origins of Communist Unity: anticolonialism

and revolution in Iran’s tri-continental moment, British Journal of Middle Eastern

Studies, 45:5, 796-822, DOI: 10.1080/13530194.2017.1354967

 

To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.1080/13530194.2017.1354967

 

Published online: 01 Aug 2017

 

 

Textruta: ABSTRACT
This article analyses the historical emergence of the Organization of
Communist Unity, which coalesced out of the National Front of Iran and
its Organizations abroad. In the aftermath of the MI6/CIA-orchestrated
1953 coup d’état, a new generation of political activists left Iran for
Europe and the United States to pursue their higher education. While
politically active in the Organizations of the National Front Abroad,
they gradually turned to revolutionary Marxism against the backdrop
of the torrential waves of decolonization and resistance to imperial
military interventions undulating across the Global South. This same
constellation of activists was not only fiercely anti-imperialist, but
also opposed any form of dependence on the U.S.S.R. or the People’s
Republic of China. They would move from Europe and the United
States to establish themselves in several locations across the Arab
world, and pursue political activism and their advocacy of guerrilla
warfare, as part of their ambition to launch a national liberation
struggle against the Pahlavi regime. By examining Communist Unity’s
predecessors and their manifold transnational ideological, political
and logistical networks with like-minded revolutionary movements
inside the Middle East, this article brings to the fore hitherto underexplored
South–South connections, and situates Iran’s revolutionary
opposition within the global moment of ‘1968’.

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