Anglo-Iranian Relations since 1800 by Vanessa Martin

By Vanessa Martin

With contributions from popular specialists within the box, this book provides a great history to the heritage of Anglo-Iranian family. concentrating on the political and fiscal courting of england and problems with strategic sensitivity, the ebook additionally illuminates British relatives with society and the country and describes the interplay among quite a few representatives and brokers of either countries.

Anglo-Iranian kinfolk have had a protracted and complicated historical past, characterised at the one hand via distrust and intrusion and at the different by means of mutual alternate and knowing. This ebook explores the fascinating historical past of this interactive dating for the reason that 1800, it from various views. Drawing on formerly unavailable records in English and Persian, the booklet argues that Iran within the 19th century had a countrywide kingdom, which strongly defended the nationwide interests.

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British policy was to encourage Iran to engage the Russians. This would, it was thought, prevent Russia (and hence France) from threatening British interests in the Gulf and India. Harford Jones was, therefore, keen to persuade the Shah to continue the war with Russia, despite Iran clearly being no match for the Russian forces. In May 1809 when the Iranians were nervous and looked as if they might sign a peace treaty on terms that the British saw as disagreeable, Harford Jones called Mirza Shafi, the vizier to Fath Ali Shah, to the British Legation to give him advice over the war.

85–92. Gibbon, Decline and Fall, Vol. V, p. 185. J. Malcolm, The History of Persia from the Most Early Period to the Present Time (London, 2nd edn, Vol. I, 1829), pp. 476–90. For a useful contextualization of Malcolm, see A. K. S. Lambton, ‘Major General Sir John Malcolm (1769–1833) and the “History of Persia” ’, Iran, 33, 1995, pp. 97–109. Malcolm, Persia, pp. v-vii. , p. 475. , p. 515. , p. 509. , p. 523. A similar conclusion is drawn by E. Yarshater ‘Iranian Historical Tradition: b) Iranian National History’, in E.

33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. Western Historiography since the Enlightenment’, in M. , Companion to Historiography (London 1997), p. 400. E. Gibbon, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. I (London 1983), pp. 187–200. The first volume was published in 1776 and the final in 1788. Interestingly, Gibbon also defines the Sasanian monarchy as an ‘Oriental despotism’: Vol. V, p. 182–5. For a discussion of Gibbon’s sources, see D. O. Morgan, ‘Edward Gibbon and the East’, Iran, 33, 1995, pp.

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