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The Economics of Overthrow—The United States, Britain, and the Hidden Justification of Operation TPAJAX

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The Economics of Overthrow—The United States, Britain, and the Hidden Justification of Operation TPAJAX

By Torey L. McMurdo

With the overthrow of Iran’s Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadeq by a CIA-led and British-backed coup d’etat on 19 August 1953, the landscape of Western involvement in the Middle East was forever changed. The event, today seen as one of the most prominent examples of US intervention in the Middle East, was rooted in a complex web of political and economic factors and gamesmanship by the British and US governments. Correspondence between the government of Prime Minister Clement Attlee and the administration of President Harry S. Truman leading up to TPAJAX illuminates not only shifting Anglo-Iranian relations but also a widening gap in the Anglo-American power structure.

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