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The U.S. State Department Central Files are the definitive source of American diplomatic reporting on political, military, social, and economic developments throughout the world in the 20th century. Concentrating exclusively on those Central Files that have not been microfilmed by the National Archives or other publishers, UPA's microfilm editions of the Central Files nonetheless dwarf the State Department's very selective volumes of the Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS). Containing less than one percent of the material in the Central Files, FRUS focuses on U.S. relations with individual countries but does not include coverage of many of the key topics to which the majority of the original files are devoted. Each part of the Central Files contains a wide range of materials from U.S. diplomats in foreign countries: special reports on political and military affairs; studies and statistics on socioeconomic matters; interviews and minutes of meetings with foreign government officials; court proceedings and other legal documents; full texts of important letters, instructions, and cables sent and received by U.S. diplomatic personnel; voluminous reports and translations from foreign journals and newspapers; and countless translations of high-level foreign government documents. For Iran, the years 1945 to 1954 represent a decade of tumultuous change, a period when both foreign and domestic forces battled intensely for control of the nation's future. Over 60,000 pages of previously unpublished primary material offer a rich documentary resource covering every facet of modern Iranian history. The collection's comprehensive and detailed coverage of Iran's internal and foreign affairs affords scholars timely and exciting research possibilities. The diplomatic reporting of these files forms a vivid record of Iran's struggle for national identity and offers invaluable firsthand testimony on a wide range of topics.

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