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Old 05-19-2009, 08:20 PM
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Originally Posted by fearghas View Post
Ayatollah was worse. The Shah was very pro western ideals and he actually was going to transition the country to democracy, at least that was his plan. Under the Shah there was alot of personal freedoms, freedom of dress, religon, freedom for women etc. There was a large devloping middle class that had tp flee the country after the overthrow. Things are worse now, expecially for women.
Interesting that he became more and more autocratic, then, if his plan was to do the exact opposite. You don't transition a country to democracy by banning all opposition parties. The Iranian secret police under the Shah were brutal. They just weren't as openly thuggish as the present lot. The extremist government in Iran now is a direct reaction to the extremist government under the Shah.

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Old 05-19-2009, 08:44 PM
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Originally Posted by LadyLeana View Post
Yes, I thought it was something like that too.

I'm still wondering whether or not the Italian Republic was a good thing. Since the establishment of the Republic, the country saw almost as many governments as years pass by (I believe one of Berlusconi's recent governments was the first to do it's full term of 4 or 5 years, which brought some balance in this equasion). But obviously there's no telling if this would have been different with a King instead of a President.

And I think this applies to many examples you so easily dismiss as having been for the worse, Bones. There's no guaranteeing that keeping the monarchy would have been a better choice. Cambodja, for instance. Is it so sure a monarch would have prevented the Khmer from coming into existence? Would an Italian King have prevented the "civil war" between left and right in Italy, and all those bombing attacks? Nobody can know this for sure. (although I guess for some countries it's obvious that the way things turned out certainly isn't for the best)

It's also a bit one-sided to judge these historical developments only by their outcome, and not by what lead op to the abolishing of the monarchy.
Which doesn't mean I'm pro abolishing, just that you have to see things in their entire context.

So maybe some of you (who know more about this than me) can enlighten me as to the situation in all these countries before the monarchies were abolished?
I wasn't trying to be dismissive, I was simply listing in a concise way how negative things tended to follow the destruction of monarchies, I was not trying to go into detail about how monarchy itself could have prevented any of these, just that 'here's what happened next'. In fact, I'll even give the anti-monarchy camp some help here (because it's true and I'm not trying to push an agenda here). In Cambodia the Khmer Rouge actually came to power with the support of the King and at the outset was under his nominal reign. The King was first overthrown by General Lon Nol with the support of the US and the King allied with the Reds and urged his people to do the same. Many believe that the Reds could never have come to power without this event. However, the Reds knew that they were ideological opposites to the King but adopted a policy of 'use him now and ditch him later' which they finally did and that's when you got the full brutalities of "Democratic Kampuchea". So, bad things happened after the monarchy was abolished, but the King himself was complicent in some of it -hard to say how far his responsibility goes. I guess my only point was that I don't know of many/any cases wherein a monarchy was abolished in the 20th Century and things were suddenly better.

The USA, as I mentioned, was not included in this because the thread and original post was on the 20th Century. The US has fared pretty well as a republic but it wasn't exactly poor and oppressed before either. I also don't think I took a very extreme stand on Italy, things have not been terrible as a republic but I do think it was extremely unfair regarding how the King's family was treated compared to Mussolini's (not that it is ever fair to punish a whole family for the crimes of one but that's what was done).

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Old 05-20-2009, 03:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Elspeth View Post
Interesting that he became more and more autocratic, then, if his plan was to do the exact opposite. You don't transition a country to democracy by banning all opposition parties. The Iranian secret police under the Shah were brutal. They just weren't as openly thuggish as the present lot. The extremist government in Iran now is a direct reaction to the extremist government under the Shah.
No his ideal was always democracy, it just never worked out that way. Every Persian I know, many dozens, who lived under the Shah and the regime afterwards are always emphazising thea things were better under the Shah. They had freedoms you see, they didn't have to wear the Burkah, had freedom of religon etc etc etc. And a growing middle class would have achieved democracy eventually. That was destroyed by the revolution, which never had the support of the majority of citizens. As I understand it, Iran was the first state to promote Fundalmentalist Islam as more than just a religous way of life.

Of course things weren't perfect under the Shah, but they were definately better.
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Old 05-20-2009, 01:10 PM
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Well, to quote from a while back "this is fasinating". I have enjoyed, what I see as respect among the posters too. Thanks it seems like I've forgotten much of what I learned in histsory class! Keep all the information coming.
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Old 05-20-2009, 09:39 PM
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This thread is now reopened after removing some off topic posts.

Please note that the subject of this thread is "Kings that overthrown in the 20th century" which means that anything relating to the United States of America (i.e. the Stamp Act, the Federalist Papers, the Boston Tea Party, slavery, etc.) are completely OFF TOPIC and will be deleted without notice.

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Old 11-23-2014, 06:36 PM
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The Emperor Charles I of Austria was not emperor when the First World War broke out.
The Emperor Franz Joseph I took steps to initiate Charles to his crown in affairs of state.
However the old Emperor died.
Emperor Charles I favored a constitutional monarchy and some sort of federal solution to the Empire's problems.
He realized that peace was essential and time was short.

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