Primary Source Document

For my research topic, I plan to do Operation Ajax, which took place in Iran in 1953. This was a coup d’etat  to overthrow the democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran, Mohammad Mosaddegh. The result of this coup was from a constitutional monarchy government to an authoritarian regime in Iran led by, Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi.

I still need to do some more research and prepare more topics. However, one source I found was in the International Journal of Middle East Studies, published by Cambridge University Press. The URL is: This source was published in 1987. It was written by Mark J. Gasiorowski, who is a political science professor at Louisiana State University. His LSU website is$Content/Mark+Gasiorowski?OpenDocument. He has a lot of published information on the topic and is an expert on Middle East Studies.

I found another source which comes from the CIA itself published in 1953, right after the operation. It is written by Scott A. Koch. It is called, “Zendebad Shah!: The Central Intelligence Agency and the Fall of Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadeq, August 1953.” This document was released in 1998.

I also found this website: which provides a lot of informative sources to help me more in my research. This source will be helpful for me to find more secondary sources and hopefully more primary sources.

I think right now I am heading down an okay track to write a decent research paper. i am excited about my topic and I think I will find a lot of helpful and informative information.

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