Twentieth Century Iranian History Term Paper by Master Researcher

Twentieth Century Iranian History
An overview of Iranian history in the past century.
# 38437 | 2,025 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 10, 2003 in History (Middle Eastern) , Middle Eastern Studies (General)

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This paper discusses the political and societal climate of Iran during this twentieth century. The looks at the rise of the Reza Shah and discusses his importance to the beginnings of Iranian history. The paper then details the leadership of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and the Iranian Revolution and its negative impact on relations with Western countries.

From the Paper:

"20th century Iranian history begins with Reza Shah, who came to power in the 1920's and had a tremendous impact on his country during this century. Although he was born a commoner, he became a monarch and was responsible for three important things: modernizing Iran, making Iran economically independent, and creating social and cultural reforms.
"He began rising through the ranks in 1919, when Great Britain signed the Anglo-Persian treaty allowing Great Britain to have more economic interest in Iran. His first important move, however, was having an instrumental role in preventing communist Russia from invading. In the early 1920's, the Soviet Red Army was occupying the northern provinces of Iran and threatening to move further inward. Reza Shah coordinated the Soviet-Iranian Treaty in 1921, and Russia withdrew her troops from Iranian territory. In 1923, Reza Shah became Prime Minister of Iran, and In 1925 the Qajar dynasty was deposed and Reza Shah Pahlavi was "elected" the monarch."

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