Today in Middle Eastern history: Iran becomes “Iran” (1935)

I’m still on the mend, but I hate to miss these history posts and so (with just a couple of minutes to spare) here’s today’s. I’ll be back to full speed as soon as I can manage it. It’s a historical oddity that the nation (kingdom, empire, whatever it was at any particular point in… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: Iran becomes “Iran” (1935)

Today in Middle Eastern history: the 1921 Iranian coup

The fall of imperial Russia in the aftermath of the 1917 Russian Revolution should have been good news for Iran’s Qajar Dynasty, which had fought at least three wars with Russia and lost much of its Caucasian territory in the process. Instead, it upset the delicate balance of power in Iran and eventually led to… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the 1921 Iranian coup

Today in Iranian history: Reza Pahlavi is crowned Shah (1925)

Decades before they helped engineer the coup that restored Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi to power, the British were responsible for engineering another Iranian coup that (eventually) enthroned his father, Reza Shah Pahlavi (d. 1944), and thus founded the Pahlavi “Dynasty.” I put “dynasty” in quotes because it was just the two of them over the… Continue reading Today in Iranian history: Reza Pahlavi is crowned Shah (1925)

Today in Middle Eastern history: Iran becomes “Iran” (1935)

It’s a historical oddity that the nation (kingdom, empire, whatever it was at any particular point in history) of Iran was never officially called “Iran” by anybody other than Iranians until 1935, even though most Iranians had been calling it “Iran” for millennia. The rest of the world didn’t catch on until Reza Shah Pahlavi (d.… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: Iran becomes “Iran” (1935)

Today in Middle Eastern history: the 1921 Iranian coup

The end of imperial Russia in the aftermath of the 1917 Russian Revolution should have been good news for Iran’s Qajar Dynasty, which had fought at least three wars with Russia and lost much of its Caucasian territory in the process. Instead, it eventually led to the Qajars’ overthrow. Source: Today in Middle Eastern history:… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the 1921 Iranian coup

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

Decades before they helped engineer the coup that restored Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi to power, the British were responsible for engineering another Iranian coup that eventually resulted in the enthronement of his father, Reza Shah Pahlavi (d. 1944), and the institution of the Pahlavi “Dynasty.” I put “dynasty” in quotes because it was just the… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: Reza Pahlavi is crowned Shah (1925)