Life Under The Shah: What Iran Looked Like Before The Islamic Revolution

SHOCKING! Life Under The Shah: What Iran Looked Like Before The Islamic Revolution

SHOCKING VIDEO: Life Under The Shah: What Iran Looked Like Before The Islamic Revolution. 

Life Under The Shah: What Iran Looked Like Before The Islamic Revolution
Shah Muhammed Reza Pahlevi, his wife, Queen Fawzia, and the little Princess Shahnaz on the grounds of their palace near Teheran, Iran, in 1942

In the decades before the Islamic revolution of 1979, Iran was ruled by the Shah whose dictatorship repressed dissent and restricted political freedoms. But he also he pushed the country to adopt Western-oriented secular modernization, allowing some degree of cultural freedom.

Under the Shah’s rule, Iran’s economy and educational opportunities expanded. Britain and the US counted Iran as their major ally in the Middle East, and the Shah forcefully industrialized large segments of the country. However, the Shah’s increasingly authoritarian measures and his eventual dismissal of multiparty rule set the stage for the infamous revolution.

Still, for a period of almost 40 years, the Shah led Iran through a series of sweeping changes.

VIDEO: Iran before the 1970’s

 

SHOCKING! Life Under The Shah: What Iran Looked Like Before The Islamic Revolution
Empress Soraya of Persia (Iran) poses in the studio of Italian fashion designer Emilio Schuberth, left, with an evening dress made of white Organdy as the designer adjusts some pleats of his dress in Rome, Italy, May 13, 1953

SHOCKING! Life Under The Shah: What Iran Looked Like Before The Islamic Revolution

SHOCKING! Life Under The Shah: What Iran Looked Like Before The Islamic Revolution

SHOCKING! Life Under The Shah: What Iran Looked Like Before The Islamic Revolution

SHOCKING! Life Under The Shah: What Iran Looked Like Before The Islamic Revolution

SHOCKING! Life Under The Shah: What Iran Looked Like Before The Islamic Revolution

SHOCKING! Life Under The Shah: What Iran Looked Like Before The Islamic Revolution

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SHOCKING! Life Under The Shah: What Iran Looked Like Before The Islamic Revolution

SHOCKING! Life Under The Shah: What Iran Looked Like Before The Islamic Revolution

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Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida and her husband Milko Skofic (both center) pose for a photographer with Iranian sportsmen at the ZurKhaneh (house of strength) stadium, Persia, May 20, 1963
SHOCKING! Life Under The Shah: What Iran Looked Like Before The Islamic Revolution
British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill poses with the Shah and Queen Soraya of Persia on February 21 at his official London residence, 10 Downing Street, after they lunched with him there
SHOCKING! Life Under The Shah: What Iran Looked Like Before The Islamic Revolution
A street scene showing pedestrians on a sidewalk, June 16, 1970, Tehran, Iran
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A view of Tehran, Iran, July 1971

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  1. As an undergrad in the late 1970s, I remember Iranian engineering students at the university we were attending. This was before the late 1979 seizure of the Embassy and hostages in Tehran. These young Iranians did not seem to be anti-Western or anti-American at that time.

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