The Iranian Revolution

Overview

The Iranian people despised their leader, Reza Shah, who catered to foreign businesses while ruling Iran as a dictator. In 1979 discontent boiled up into all-out revolution. Led by the charismatic Ayatollah Khomeini, the Iranian people seized control and created a new government based on the Islamic religion.

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Overview

The Iranian people despised their leader, Reza Shah, who catered to foreign businesses while ruling Iran as a dictator. In 1979 discontent boiled up into all-out revolution. Led by the charismatic Ayatollah Khomeini, the Iranian people seized control and created a new government based on the Islamic religion.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 6-8- Iranian Revolution is the stronger of these two books. It begins with background on the role of Islam in Iranian history and describes the 20th-century conflict between the Iranian Shahs who wanted to embrace Western culture and the ultraconservative clerics, such as Khomeni, who wanted a society based upon Islamic law. January then objectively discusses U.S. meddling in and influence on Iranian affairs, the overthrow of the Shah, and the hostage crisis that brought the country into conflict with the West and left it open to attack by neighboring Iraq. He also analyzes the revolution's descent into a ruthless regime that has left the country isolated and its people disenchanted. Feldman opens with a discussion of the city's important strategic location. She then traces its history from Greek outpost to its fall to the Ottoman Turks, describing both the civilizations that controlled it and the endless battles fought to conquer it, and closes with a look at the city today. The somewhat dry discussion of its history is overly focused on the leaders and the battles they directed and is short on analysis of why its control was so important to so many empires. The maps are inadequate to help students locate the city and follow battle action. James A. Corrick's The Byzantine Empire (Gale, 2006) is a more clearly written examination of Constantinople's role as strategic gateway between East and West, and is a better choice. Both books have full-color and black-and-white photos and illustrations throughout.-Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822575214
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Series: Pivotal Moments in History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 1020L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Brendan January is an award-winning author of more than twenty nonfiction books for young readers, including Genocide and Globalize It!. Educated at Haverford College and Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, January was also a Fulbright Scholar in Germany. He lives with his wife and two children in Maplewood, New Jersey.
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Table of Contents

The Roots of Revolution     4
The Cauldron Boils     22
The Shah is Overthrown     38
Striking the Great Satan     64
444 Days     74
The Ayatollah at Twilight     96
Epilogue: The Aftershock of Revolution     118
Primary Source Research     132
Primary Source: Khomeini Speaks     136
Timeline     138
Glossary     144
Who's Who?     146
Source Notes     150
Selected Bibliography     153
Further Reading and Websites     154
Index     156
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