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The Pride&the Fall: Iran 1974-1979 Hardcover – Import, January 1, 1984

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape (1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224021966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224021968
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,749,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian Griffith on October 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Britain's last ambassador to the Shah's Iran gives his post-mortem on the revolution. He tries to correct popular accusations that the British undermined the Shah, while the rebels were trashing the British embassy. But given the swirl of rumors, Parsons seems resigned that many will not believe him.

The book offers a general blow by blow report of events between 1974 and January 1979. But in retrospect, the rising tornado of protest seems a foregone conclusion. The Shah admits that ever since he seized power in the 1950s, the nation's religious leaders have been his implacable foes. With them, the Shah sees no possibility of accommodation. As far as he can see, the only options are for one side or the other to lose.

Basically, Parsons agrees with the Shah. He sees the Pahlavi rulers as the real revolutionaries, who brought Iran into the modern age. And he feels the alliance of clergy, intellectuals, and merchants against the Shah was just a counter-revolution, to drag Iran back into its past. Parsons admits that the same alliance of clerics, intellectuals and merchants had defeated the foreign tobacco monopoly in the 1890s, brought the 1906 constitution, and won the nationalization of Iran's oil in the 1950s. But he sees these groups as set against progress. He asks if the Shah, Britain, or the West could have done anything different to win popular support, and the conclusion is, not much.
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