Leor Baratian Mrs. GoldschmidtEuropean History8 January 2018 Iranian Revolution The Iranian Revolution was a major event in the country and areal politics. When the topic of the Iranian Revolution arises, two names come to mind; Shah and Khomeini. When the topic of the French Revolution comes up we think of King Louis XVI. The consequences for both revolutions were immense. The Iranian Revolution demolished monarchy and brought religious leaders to handle the country, while the French Revolution brought a Democratic French government. The Iranian revolution and the French Revolution are similar in that they both were successful in their goals. The Iranian Revolution was caused by many key factors. A major key factor was the fact that Shah of iran was using the country’s oil wealth and foreign aid to line his own pockets. He stole hundreds of millions of dollars which left the country in despair. The country was secular v.s religion. He suppressed any sign of religion. The Iranians wanted a traditional Islamic state, and created an Anti-Shah atmosphere in the country which appealed to the youth. There was also immense poverty in the country when Shah was in power. The Shah deprived the country of funds and rights which is the key to a successful country. There were hundreds and thousands of protesters which also drove Shah out of power. Their social and political protests were often ended with violence and imprisonment of innocent people. Prior to the revolution Iran’s infrastructure was sturdy and their economy was running smoothly. They tried to grow in agricultural ways in abundance and in limited time. Their lack of competence and funding caused them to fail to deliver what they had promised.The French Revolution had many different causes but had mostly the same results. During the reign of King Louis, the estate system aggravated many of the middle and lower class. People were getting taxed unfathomably. The middle class, also known as the commoners were forced to pay the taxes of the upper classes. The commoners were fed up with the estate system and decided to part themselves from it. They formed the national assembly and took it upon themselves to force a new constitution on the king. On July 14 the storming of the bastille was the official start of the French revolution. The effects of the revolution were similar to those of the Iranian Revolution. Education, Healthcare and Job opportunities were finally established for the poor. The Iranian and French Revolutions had many similarities. Both countries were brought out of poverty after their revolutions. The solution to all the problems in both countries was Democracy. Letting the people choose what they want is the key to a successful country that thrives. Looking at France today, the country is flowing with culture and technology. Iran is the same. The persian culture is thriving not only in Iran, but is spreading throughout the world. Iran is rich in oil which is also their biggest export. Frances is economy is booming, with airplanes and heavy machinery being their main exports. The French Revolution and Iranian Revolution were very influential throughout history. They both contained values of a successful revolution. They had many similarities including pure bloodshed, and poverty. Both revolutions contained rulers who were overthrown by the people for the good of the country. The Iranian and French Revolution alike were both similar and successful in their goals.