Unequal Treaties and the Question of Sovereignty in Qajar and early Pahlavi Iran

2022 Ann Lambton Memorial Lecture

With Ali Gheissari

Wednesday 6 April 2022, 5pm (GMT)

Zoom Webinar


This presentation will offer an overview of the Russian and British leverage in Iran during the Qajar and early Pahlavi periods through unequal treaties as one channel of extending their imperial influence and counterbalancing each other’s rival presence. Although Iran was never directly colonized, its sovereignty was frequently compromised by competing foreign interests as reflected in several unequal treaties and concessionary agreements which, in effect, created a semicolonial situation for the country during the 19th and early 20th centuries. 

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