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Title: British foreign policy and Iran : a performance, 1872-1979
Author: Griffiths, James
Awarding Body: University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2017
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Drawing inspiration from scholars employing the performance metaphor in various disciplines including international relations, sociology, history and anthropology, this thesis is a study of what Raymond Cohen terms diplomacy's 'theatrical side'. Using empirical research of official correspondence, private papers, published memoirs, cabinet proceedings and newspaper reports, the thesis conducts a study of Goffmanian 'impression management' in the context of British foreign policy toward Iran from 1872 to 1979. It identifies a number of impressions - desired images of the British state, or ideas of its intentions toward Iran - that British officials in a performance 'team' and acting in 'state selfhood', fostered as a means of securing the country's political, military and economic interests. Within these impressions, the thesis also explored theatricalised diplomacy in the context of many 'techniques of performance', including costume, direction, stage-props, script, and performativity, all concepts drawn from theoretical literature engaging with the performance metaphor. Where possible, contemporaneous images have also been utilised in order to augment the analysis. In doing so this thesis seeks to shed light on how Britain exercised foreign policy in Iran, questioning whether or not the notion of theatricalised diplomacy was effective in furthering foreign policy.
Supervisor: Kalshoven, Petra Tjitske Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Iranian history ; theatre ; performance ; Iran ; Britain ; British history ; British foreign policy ; international relations ; diplomacy