Anglo-Iranian Relations since 1800 by Vanessa Martin

By Vanessa Martin

With contributions from well known specialists within the box, this book provides an outstanding history to the background of Anglo-Iranian kin. concentrating on the political and fiscal courting of england and problems with strategic sensitivity, the ebook additionally illuminates British relatives with society and the nation and describes the interplay among numerous representatives and brokers of either countries.

Anglo-Iranian family members have had a protracted and intricate heritage, characterised at the one hand by means of distrust and intrusion and at the different by means of mutual alternate and realizing. This booklet explores the interesting heritage of this interactive courting in view that 1800, taking a look at it from numerous views. Drawing on formerly unavailable records in English and Persian, the ebook argues that Iran within the 19th century had a countrywide kingdom, which strongly defended the nationwide interests.

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5. Ibid. 6. A set of copies of this correspondence is held in the Manuscripts Department of the National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, Acc 9569. These are accurate and complete copies of originals held in a private collection. 7. W. K. Dickson, Life of Major-General Sir Robert Murdoch Smith (London and Edinburgh 1901), p. 19. 8. , pp. 353–67. 9. R. Murdoch Smith and E. A. Porcher, A History of the Recent Discoveries at Cyrene Made during an Expedition to the Cyrenaica in 1860–61 (London 1864).

His work was varied, demanding and adventurous. In addition to supervision of the administration and accounts of the department, he had constantly to survey and monitor the work of the regional offices and the construction and maintenance of telegraph lines throughout Iran. These activities involved him in many journeys and tours of inspection around Iran and, as a result, he came to know the country very well. He also took the time and trouble to learn Persian and was able to speak it fluently, which gained him the respect of the Iranians he encountered.

Malcolm and, later, Harford Jones exercised their diplomatic skills in an attempt to persuade the Shah to abrogate the treaty, and replace it with an agreement between Iran and Britain. When, in February 1809, there was a series of Russian attacks in Azerbaijan, the Shah was eventually convinced that France was not 41 ROBERT GLEAVE going to halt the Russian advances. He therefore turned to Britain for help. Jones was successful in negotiating the preliminary treaty between Britain and Iran, and this was signed on 15 March 1809.

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