Pictures of the Shah and his family’s trip to Nowshahr

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 and refused to allow meaningful civic and political liberties, remaining unresponsive to public opinion.