Today in Middle Eastern history: Reza Pahlavi is crowned Shah of Iran (1925)

A couple of decades before Britain sat Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi on the Iranian throne and several decades before they helped engineer the coup that kept him in power, the British were also responsible for the Iranian coup that enthroned his father, Reza Shah Pahlavi (d. 1944), and instituted the Pahlavi “Dynasty.” I put “dynasty” in quotes because it was just the two of them over the 54 years it was in power. By contrast, the Qajar Dynasty, which the Pahlavis succeeded, covered 7 rulers (two of whom ruled for more than 35 years each) and 136 years. But who’s counting?

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