Dr. Robert Haug

Despite centuries of upheaval, conquest, and radical political and social changes, Iran has persisted as a geopolitical entity since the empire of the Achaemenids (r. 550-330 BC) up to the Islamic Republic, which has ruled from 1979 until the present day.

This course seeks to introduce students to the history of Iran from antiquity up to the present.

Since 1979,  Iran has played a unique and prominent role in political discourse around the world and especially in the US.

This course will help students situate their understanding of Iran and its place in the modern world in a larger historical context.