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The Iranian Revolution
     

The Iranian Revolution

by Heather Lehr Wagner
 

On January 16, 1979, the shah of Iran left the country he had ruled for more than 37 years. The streets of Tehran, Iran's capital, filled with celebration as the news spread that the hated monarchy had been overthrown. The revolution in Iran, led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, was sparked by many factors, including a widening gap between the different classes of

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On January 16, 1979, the shah of Iran left the country he had ruled for more than 37 years. The streets of Tehran, Iran's capital, filled with celebration as the news spread that the hated monarchy had been overthrown. The revolution in Iran, led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, was sparked by many factors, including a widening gap between the different classes of Iranian society, an aggressive campaign of modernization, an ambitious program of land reform, and the brutality of the shah's oppressive regime. In The Iranian Revolution, read about how the revolution propelled Iran from a monarchy to a theocracy and dramatically altered life in Iran, and how its aftermath continues to shape the politics of the Middle East today.

Milestones in Modern World History introduces students to seminal historical events that helped shape the modern world. Bolstered by biographical sketches, illustrations, photographs, excerpts from primary source documents, and first-person narratives, this curriculum-based series is ideal for students writing reports.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Wagner leads this thorough look at Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution with Ayatollah Khomeini's dramatic return from exile and then backs up to explain the events leading up to that moment. Chapters cover the origin of the Pahlavi dynasty, Khomeini's early life and how he came to symbolize opposition to the shah's regime, and the shah's aggressive campaigns of reform and Westernization. The opposing personalities of the shah and Khomeini are contrasted effectively. Wagner highlights the importance of the misunderstandings and missteps of all parties, including the Americans, in bringing about revolution. Fans of Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis (Pantheon, 2003) will be pleased to see her mentioned as a witness to the early days of the revolution. A summary section brings the revolution's legacy into perspective, mentioning the contested 2009 presidential election. The format is attractive and photographs are well chosen. A solid addition to the series.—Rebecca Donnelly, Loma Colorado Public Library, Rio Rancho, NM

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604134902
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/01/2010
Series:
Milestones in Modern World History Series
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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