GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: the Near/Middle East
March 1951: Ultranationalist Mohammed Mossadeq becomes Iranian prime minister following death of Ali Razmara.

Before being appointed prime minister, Mossadeq served as a minister and governor in the 1920s. His opposition to the accession of Reza Shah results in imprisonment and later house arrest. Mossadeq returns to parliament in 1941 after Reza Shah is removed from power and replaced by his son, Mohammed Reza Pahlevi.

PBS Terror in Tehran: Chronology of U.S.-Iran Relations /shows/tehran/etc/cron.html

From Iran's efforts early in the 20th century to forge its independence to President George W. Bush's "axis of evil" speech and its aftermath

WWW Secrets of History: The CIA in Iran /mideast/041600iran-cia-index.html

A CIA document and New York Times articles and photographs depict the clumsy yet successful 1953 overthrow of Iran's government.

WWW 1951 Man of the Year: Mohammed Mossadegh

The Time Man of the Year article on Iranian prime minister Mohammed Mossadeq.