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Reza Shah

1878 - 1944

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Reza Shah Pahlavi (Persian: رضا شاه پهلوی; pronounced [ɾeˈzɒː ˈʃɒːh-e pæhlæˈviː]; 15 March 1878 – 26 July 1944) was an Iranian military officer, politician (who served as minister of war and prime minister), and first shah of the House of Pahlavi of the Imperial State of Iran and father of the last shah of Iran. He reigned from 15 December 1925 until he was forced to abdicate by the Anglo-Soviet invasion of Iran on 16 September 1941. Reza Shah introduced many social, economic, and political reforms during his reign, ultimately laying the foundation of the modern Iranian state. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Reza Shah has received more than 2,977,315 page views. His biography is available in 64 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 60 in 2019). Reza Shah is the 750th most popular politician (down from 654th in 2019), the 34th most popular biography from Iran (down from 29th in 2019) and the 14th most popular Iranian Politician.

Reza Shah was the first shah of Iran. He is most famous for his modernization of Iran, which included the establishment of a national army, the building of roads, and the introduction of Western-style education.

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Among politicians, Reza Shah ranks 750 out of 15,577Before him are Alexander Van der Bellen, Konstantin von Neurath, Louis, Grand Dauphin, Claudius Gothicus, Letizia Ramolino, and Karl Liebknecht. After him are Sun Quan, Geronimo, Boris III of Bulgaria, Robert II of France, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, and Archduke Karl Ludwig of Austria.

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Among people born in 1878, Reza Shah ranks 5Before him are Janusz Korczak, Lise Meitner, John B. Watson, and Martin Buber. After him are Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia, Gustav Stresemann, Werner von Blomberg, André Citroën, Pancho Villa, Robert Walser, and Lucien Febvre. Among people deceased in 1944, Reza Shah ranks 13Before him are Claus von Stauffenberg, Abdulmejid II, Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom, William James Sidis, Richard Sorge, and Günther von Kluge. After him are Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Alexis Carrel, Marc Bloch, Ludwig Beck, and Michael Wittmann.

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Among people born in Iran, Reza Shah ranks 34 out of 528Before him are Khosrow I (501), Darius II (-475), Ferdowsi (940), Salman the Persian (568), Doris Lessing (1919), and Nasir al-Din al-Tusi (1201). After him are Antiochus III the Great (-241), Ardashir I (180), Shapur I (150), Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj (817), Shams Tabrizi (1185), and Farah Pahlavi (1938).

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Among politicians born in Iran, Reza Shah ranks 14Before him are Ali Khamenei (1939), Nader Shah (1688), Tahmasp I (1514), Nizam al-Mulk (1018), Khosrow I (501), and Darius II (-475). After him are Antiochus III the Great (-241), Ardashir I (180), Shapur I (150), Farah Pahlavi (1938), Cambyses I (-600), and Astyages (-700).