As the young shah began to gain a feeling that his reign might prosper far better than did that of his father, that indeed the possibilities of life for the people of Iran in the years after World War II might be considerable, and to sense also his increasing importance within the Iranian scheme of things, not to mention the Middle East, perhaps even Europe and the world, he began to consider to what places, specifically, he might go for more of this world’s goods, or for assistance in obtaining them. The sources of aid were, he quickly discerned, three. The first would be, obviously, the government of the United States. A second was the new economic institution of the post-World War II era, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the very name of which seemed to promise dollars, millions of them, for the people of Iran. The third was the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, controlled by that ogre of imperialism, namely, the government of Great Britain.
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