Date: October 26, 2014
Speaker: Rick Alvarez, Ph.D.
Rick Alvarez, a graduate of the US Naval Academy, earned a PhD in Middle East History at the University of Utah. He served as a US Navy fighter pilot flying the F-4 and F-14 in the 1970s and as a F-14 instructor for Grumman Aerospace in Isfahan, Iran until the overthrow of the Shah in 1979. He taught World History and Latin American History at the University of Utah and Salt Lake Community College.
History surveys often focus on larger than life personalities and events immortalized by multiple re-tellings, while seemingly unimportant or under-reported events, as well as nameless or long forgotten characters, have affected world history significantly. This presentation will discuss two incidents that have received little historical attention in recent times, yet both have helped influence the world in which we live today. The “Great Game” played out for control in central Asia in the early 18th century, and CIA involvement in Iran in the 1950s, have generally been under-reported and will undoubtedly help shed some light on current world politics.
Speaker Suggested Resources:
Hopkirk, Peter, The Great Game: The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia, Kodansha, NY, 1992.
Barry, John M., The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History, Penguin, NY, 2004.
Abrahamian, Ervand, The Coup: 1953, The CIA, and The Roots of Modern U.S.-Iranian Relations, The New Press, NY, 2013.
Headrick, Daniel R., The Invisible Weapon: Telecommunications and International Politics, 1851-1945, Oxford, NY, 1991.