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Department
International Affairs
Course
INTA 2XXX
Professor
Murat
Semester
Spring

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Lecture 9 2/18/13 Iranian Revolution (cont.) - The political left had been suppressed in Iran in an agreement by the Shah and the US to keep the USSR’s influence out - After the revolution, there was no political left to counterbalance Islamic tendencies in the country - Oil revenues in the 70s went to excessive projects, armaments, and corruption o Iran had the 5 largest military in the world at the time - The Shahs reforms drained the treasury and led to massive inflation o Ayatollah Khomeini and several prominent clerics opposed secular reforms - Ex. In Context: Ottoman Empire had been in retreat o Young, ambitious, military officers were angry at constant retreats and slow industrialization in Turkey o Fundamentalists brought Ottoman Empire down even faster - The Shah’s regime was more personalized – he created the military himself o Different from Tur
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