This rich dynastic study examines the political histories of Iran’s last two monarchical dynasties, the Qajars and the Pahlavis. Tracing the rise and fall of both dynasties, Mehran Kamrava addresses essential questions about how and why they rose to power; what domestic and international forces impacted them; how they ruled; and how they met their end. Exploring over two hundred years of political history, Kamrava’s comprehensive yet concise account places developments within relevant frameworks in an accessible manner. With detailed examinations of Iran’s history, politics, and economics, he interrogates the complexities of dynastic rule in Iran and considers its enduring legacy. Developing innovative interpretations and utilizing original primary sources, A Dynastic History of Iran illuminates the impact of the monarchy’s rule and ultimate collapse on Iranian history, as well as Iran’s subsequent politics and revolution.