Pictures of people’s daily life in the 40s and 50s

The shah’s regime suppressed and marginalized its opponents with the help of homeland’s security and intelligence organization, the SAVAK. Relying on oil revenues, which sharply increased in late 1973, the Shah pursued his goal of developing homeland as a mighty regional power dedicated to social reform and economic development. Yet he continually sidestepped democratic arrangements, remaining unresponsive to public opinion and refused to allow meaningful political liberties.