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Russia and Britain in Persia

Imperial Ambitions in Qajar Iran

Russia and Britain in Persia by Firuz Kazemzadeh
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Professor Kazemzadeh’s book is to be welcomed as a major contribution to the field … a formidable and monumental work that far surpasses any other book on modern Iranian international relations … . The author has done an outstanding job of research in Russian, Britain and Persian sources … and has presented a far fuller view of his subject than has hitherto been available. … Both students and scholars should put it on their must reading lists’ Nikki I. Keddie, Iranian Studies‘A first class piece of scholarship’ A.P. Thornton, American Historical Review‘A valuable study of Anglo-Russian relations in Persia’ Ann K.S. LambtonAt the height of her imperial power Britain clashed with Russia at many points from Turkey to China. But it was only in Persia and Central Asia that these two expansionist empires met face to face. The fear of a Russian drive against India had initially impelled the British to oppose the extension of Russian influence. Russia’s subsequent advance into Central Asia and her spectacular conquests in the second half of the nineteenth century both startled Europe and narrowed the gap separating the Russians and the British. This classic work by distinguished historian Firuz Kazemzadeh provides an outstanding history of Anglo-Russian relations in Persia in the half century preceding the First World War. It affords both a comprehensive overview of British and Russian policy in Iran and detailed coverage of the most important events. The new introduction includes reflections upon of events after the First World War. Long unavailable this new edition will be welcomed by scholars and students alike and provides a fascinating backdrop to the motivations behind Iran’s diplomatic posture today.
I.B.Tauris; April 2013
729 pages; ISBN 9780857721730
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Title: Russia and Britain in Persia
Author: Firuz Kazemzadeh