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The Life and Times of the Shah$
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Gholam RezaAfkhami

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520253285

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520253285.001.0001

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Nationalizing Oil

Nationalizing Oil

(p.110) 6 Nationalizing Oil
The Life and Times of the Shah

Gholam R. Afkhami

University of California Press

If Reza Shah was the greatest influence on his son's attitude toward power and governance, Mohammad Mosaddeq was a close second. Reza Shah was father, Mosaddeq father figure. Reza Shah had told his son to beware of anyone securing uncontrolled, independent political power, giving his own career as evidence; Mosaddeq inadvertently proved the truth of Reza Shah's advice by almost deposing the son. Both men left legacies of politics and power the shah struggled to match, and residues of thought and feeling he struggled to discard throughout his reign. This chapter notes that the relationship between Mosaddeq and the shah, as it developed in the years after World War II, became for Iranians a tragedy of biblical proportion. It also describes the value of Iranian oil, looking at the AIOIC in particular and the relations with British policy.

Keywords:   Reza Shah, Mohammad Mosaddeq, World War II, Mohammad Reza, shah, Iranian oil, British policy

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