1979 Iranian Revolution Essay by The Research Group

1979 Iranian Revolution
Causes and effects, politics, economics, religion, leadership of the Shah vs. Khomeini, riots, repression, demographics and the U.S. hostage crisis.
# 14670 | 2,475 words | 9 sources | 1999 | US
Published on Jul 15, 2003 in History (Middle Eastern) , International Relations (U.S.)


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The Iranian revolution of 1979 had its roots in long-standing dissatisfaction with the ruling Persian royal house, economic dislocation, rapid cultural and historical change, the regional position that the country held and its relationship with the West.

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The Iranian revolution of 1979 had its roots in long-standing dissatisfaction with the ruling Persian royal house, economic dislocation, rapid cultural and historical change, the regional position that the country held and its relationship with the West. This paper examines the historical background of that war, examining how it came about and discussing what its consequences have been so far for the country and people of Iran.

Any event as dramatic as that of the Iranian revolution has deep roots, and whatever point in history one selects as the moment when the revolution became inevitable must be both arguable and artificial. But the underlying reasons for the revolution must be laid at least in large measure on the actions of Reza Shah, the father of Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, the shah who ..."

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