Iran’s Revolutions: Crash Course World History 226
In which John Green teaches you about Iran’s Revolutions. Yes, revolutions plural. What was the1979 Iranian Revolution about? It turns out, Iran has a pretty long history of unrest in order to put power in the hands of the people, and the most recent revolution in 1979 was, at least at first, not necessarily about creating an Islamic state. It certainly turned out to be about that, but it was initially just about people who wanted to get rid of an oppressive regime. Listen up as John teaches you about Iran’s long history of revolution.
Citation 1: Caryl, Christian. Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century. New York, Basic Books. 2014, p. 11
Citation 2: Axworthy, Michael, Revolutionary Iran: A History of the Islamic Republic. Oxford U. Press. 2014, p. 62
An Iranian ‘Immortal’ from the Shah’s Imperial Guard is wounded during an attack by revolutionaries on Tehran’s broadcasting building.”
People carry a soldier on Tehran’s Kennedy Street (now Forsat Shirazi Street) as they celebrate Ayatollah Khomeini’s return from exile.
February 1, 1979
Ayatollah Khomeini returns from exile on an Air France flight from Paris to Tehran.
His son Ahmad looks on.
Slogans on the back of an ambulance in Tehran: “The only path to liberation is armed struggle”, “People arm youselves”, “Death to (Prime Minister Shapour) Bakhtiar”
A demonstrator shot by Army soldiers in Tehran is rushed to a hospital.
Early February 1979
A cleric (Hadi Ghaffari) shouts revolutionary slogans as Iranians line up to see Ayatollah Khomeini in the Paris suburb of Neauphle le Chateau.
Anti-Shah demonstration in Tehran
Anti-government demonstrators in Tehran set fire to portraits of the Shah and his family.
Statue of the Shah being torn down by university students in Tehran.
Burning pictures of Shah.
“Black Friday” victims at a Tehran morgue.
Prime Minister General Azhari (second from left) introduces his cabinet to the Shah.
The oil workers went on strike.
October 31, 1978
Anti-American message affixed to automobile in Tehran
Iranian students in the U.S. demonstrate near the White House during Mohammad Reza Shah’s official visit to the U.S.
A protestor confronted by police during demonstrations against the Shah’s visit to the White House.
November 15, 1977
Mohammad Reza Shah and Farah Pahlavi on the White House lawn while President Jimmy Carter delivers a speech.
The Shah is affected by tear gas thrown by the police to control anti-Shah demonstrators in front of the White House.
November 15, 1977
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