ATABAKI, T. and ZURCHER, E.(2004) Men of Order : Authoritarian Modernization Under Atatürk and Reza Shah. London : I.B.Tauris.
This book talks about the emergence of the two great leaders, Ataturk of Turkey and Reza Shah of Iran, in which they both replace the Ottoman Empire. The book give a comparative historical analysis of the two people, how they both take similar trajectory towards modernization, but how one have been more successful in authorizing modernization.The book analysis through the aspects of consolidation of Ataturk and Reza Shah ‘s power, party politics, civil–military relations, and cultural top-down reforms.
The book try to demonstrate how Ataturk has been more successful by describing him as a’dictator’ while Reza Shah was’despotic’ . Ataturk remove the army from the political involvement and implement multi-party rule , while Reza Shah still implemented military rule with one ruling national party . This lead to the positive result of Turkey and negative result of Iran.
I believe this book will be helpful for our research through the comparative analysis of the two leading person. Because it is hardly to judge whether Ataturk’s reform is correct or not without the comparison with a similar country. The comparison of Ataturk and Reza Shah can help us understand the advantages and disadvantages that the Ataturk’s reform have brought to the country.