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Geographies of Contact

Caroline Lehni
Fanny Moghaddassi
Hélène Ibata
et al.

I. Scripting the Orient

The British in Persia in the late Qajar Era: New Historical Evidence

Yann Richard
Traduction de Stéphane Normand

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How can we document history in contexts where archives are either lacking or unusable, as was the case in Persia in the Qajar era (1796–1925)? Resorting to Western diplomatic and consular reports raises the issue of the background in which they were written and the readers they were intended for. The question largely extends beyond the context of Qajar history; foreign accounts of their country give Iranians an impression of permanent manipulation, of schemes hatched in London or Washington in which diplomats, orientalists and their representatives in the country are held responsible for numerous plots. Sixty years after the fall of Mosaddegh (August 1953), the fantasy of a joint British-American intrigue—the CIA’s very first external operation—remains the most common explanation given for the event, whereas more objective analyses are beginning to show the decisive internal factors that led to the coup d’état.1

A useful comparison may be made here between two contemporary historians...


Professor emeritus (Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris) and has worked mainly on the religious movements in contemporary Iran and the history of this country at the beginning of the 20th century. He has authored L’Iran de 1800 à nos jours (Paris, Flammarion, 2009) and published C.J. Edmonds’s East and West of Zagros as well as Ducrocq’s and Hoppenot’s diaries for the period 1919-1921 as Regards français sur le coup d’État de 1921 en Perse, both with Brill Publishers (Leiden and Boston).

Stéphane Normand (Traducteur)

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