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The Iranian Revolution

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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...

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Overview

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.

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604134902
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Series: Milestones in Modern World History Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Ayatollah Returns 7

2 The Pahlavi Dynasty 16

3 Sign of God 30

4 Modernization and Reform 39

5 Rumors of Revolt 51

6 The Revolution Begins 61

7 Revolutionary Government 70

8 Islamic Republic of Iran 82

Chronology and Timeline 96

Notes 99

Bibliography 101

Further Resources 103

Picture Credits 104

Index 105

About the Author 112

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