Iran After the 1978-79 Revolution Term Paper by Writer83

An analysis of the political impact of the Iranian Revolution.
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The paper discusses how although the 1978-79 revolution removed the system of monarchy from Iranian politics, the former regime's characteristic of autocracy continued to be equally prominent in the new order. The paper asserts that the new regime failed in its most fundamental goal and challenging task of establishing democracy in Iran. The paper also explores why the mammoth unity of February 1979, that unprecedented demonstration of solidarity between men and women, politicians and commoners, proved to be so impermanent.

From the Paper:

"The success of the revolutionary movement ushered in a new era in Iran's political history. The 1978-79 revolution represented by far one of the most dramatic departures from the traditional mold of Iranian politics, at least in appearance if not in substance. For the first time ever in Iranian history, a revolution had been launched and had resulted in the permanent termination of dynastic rule in the country. Even the Constitutional Revolution, that lasting and almost mythical milestone in Iranian history, had not achieved so much by not only curbing the autocracy of the crown but by overthrowing it all together. The dreams and ideals of the many thousands who had risked their lives by chanting revolutionary slogans in the daily street demonstrations had finally come true. Revolution filled the air in Tehran and other Iranian cities. The house of the Middle East's most powerful ruler, supported by a superpower and a sophisticated military of its own, had crumbled at the hands of the revolution. Twenty-five hundred years of monarchical despotism had finally come to an end, and, supposedly, a new era of personal and political liberties had begun."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Abdelnasser, Walid M. Islamic Organizations in Egypt and the Iranian Revolution of 1979: The Experience of the First Few Years. Arab Studies Quarterly. 19. 1997. 25+.
  • Farhang, Mansour. The Joyless Revolution; Khomeini's New Order in Iran. The Nation. 242. 1986. 225+.
  • Mahdi, Ali Akbar. The Iranian Revolution Then and Now: Indicators of Regime Instability. The Historian. 65. 2003. 704+.
  • Wright, Robin. Dateline Tehran: A Revolution Implodes. Foreign Policy. Issue: 103. 1996. 161+.

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