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The clergy first showed itself to be a powerful political force in opposition to the monarchy with the Tobacco protest. Talbot for a full monopoly over the production, sale, and export of tobacco for fifty years.
Press conference on international oil policies. Niavaran PalaceTehran Persian Constitutional Revolution[ edit ] Main article: Persian Constitutional Revolution The growing discontent continued until the Constitutional Revolution — The revolution led to the establishment of a Parliament and approval of the first constitution.
Although the constitutional revolution was successful in weakening the autocracy of the Qajar regime, it failed to provide a powerful alternative government. Consequently, within the decades following the establishment of the new parliament, a number of critical events took place.
Many of these events can be viewed as a continuation of the struggle between the constitutionalists and the Shahs of Persia, many of whom were backed by foreign powers against the parliament. He established a constitutional monarchy, deposing the last of the Qajar shah in and introduced many social, economic, and political reforms during his reign.
A number of these reforms led to public discontent which provides circumstances for an Iranian revolution. Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi's father, Reza Shahreplaced Islamic laws with Western ones, which forbade traditional Islamic clothing, separation of the sexes and veiling of women's faces with the niqab.
Indozens were killed and hundreds injured in the Goharshad Mosque rebellion. However, he would avoid entering into political issues, as did other religious leaders who followed him. Hence, no widespread anti-government attempts were organized by clergy during the Reza Shah Rule.
It was the most profitable British business in the world.
Most Iranians lived in poverty while the wealth generated from Iranian oil played a decisive role in maintaining Britain at the top of the world. In Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh pledged to throw the company out of Iran, reclaim the petroleum reserves and free Iran from foreign powers.
Mosaddegh nationalized the Anglo-Iranian oil company and became a national hero. The British, however, were outraged and accused him of stealing. The British demanded punishment by the World Court and the United Nations, sent warships to the Persian Gulf and finally imposed a crushing embargo.
Mosaddegh was unmoved by Britain's campaign against him. One European newspaper, the Frankfurter Neue Pressereported that Mosaddegh "would rather be fried in Persian oil than make the slightest concession for the British". The British considered an armed invasion, but U.
Truman refused his support. Prime Minister Winston Churchill decided for a coup. Mosaddegh, however, learned of their plans and ordered the British embassy shuttered in October All British diplomats and agents had to leave the country.
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The British asked Truman for help; Truman, however, sympathized with nationalist movements like Mosaddegh's and had nothing but contempt for old-style imperialists like those who ran Anglo-Iranian.
Eisenhower 's election as U. President in November changed the U. On 20 JanuaryU. Allen Dullestold their British counterparts that they were ready to move against Mosaddegh. In their eyes, any country not decisively allied with the United States was a potential enemy.
Iran had immense oil wealth, a long border with the Soviet Union and a nationalist Prime Minister. A fall into communism and a "second China" terrified the Dulles brothers. Operation Ajax was born, deposing the only democratic government Iran ever had. Like his father's government, the Shah's was known for its autocracyits focus on modernization and Westernization and for its disregard for religious  and democratic measures in Iran's constitution.
Leftist and Islamist groups attacked his government often from outside Iran as they were suppressed within for violating the Iranian constitution, political corruption, and the political oppression by the SAVAK secret police. Mohammad Reza Shah's reform programme was built especially to weaken those classes that supported the traditional system.THE SPIKE.
It was late-afternoon. Forty-nine of us, forty-eight men and one woman, lay on the green waiting for the spike to open.
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