Shah Pahlavi's Downfall

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Imagine living in Iran in 1970. It was a time of great boom and great bust. There was much wealth to be had from oil production, and at times things were very prosperous. This prosperity was overshadowed though, by the many socio-economic failures of the Shah. His unwise use of power and his greed made Iran a country ripe for revolution. By 1979 the stage was set for Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who because of cunning historical and political maneuverings was able to use politics, religion, and a little bit of trickery to persuade the people of Iran to overthrow Mohammad Reza Shah.

In the years leading up to the actual revolution in 1979, Shah Pahlavi had done a good job of making himself unpopular with the people in his country. Among the

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