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A Book Talk

February 8, 2011
12:00 - 2:00 pm
Olin-Sang 207

The Shah: A Book Talk with Prof. Abbas Milani

Co-sponsored with the Department of History

Prof. Abbas Milani is the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Director of Iranian Studies at Stanford University and a visiting professor in the department of political science.

On February 11, 1979, the Pahlavi monarchy was toppled in a popular revolutionary movement that led to the creation of the Islamic Republic of Iran. In this talk, Prof. Milani will discuss his new biography of the last Shah of Iran, Mohammad-Reza Shah Pahlavi.

The Shah’s was a life filled with contradiction—as a social reformer he built schools, increased equality for women, and greatly reduced the power of the Shia clergy. He made Iran a global power, courting Western leaders from Churchill to Carter, and nationalized his country’s many natural resources. But he was deeply conflicted and insecure in his powerful role. Intolerant of political dissent, he was eventually overthrown by the very people whose loyalty he so desperately sought. Prof. Milani reveals the complex and sweeping road that would bring the U.S. and Iran to where they are today.  

Please bring your lunch. Refreshments will be provided.