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Posted in History, Iran by homeyra on October 19, 2008

The Pueblo Chieftain – Sunday January 12, 1912

This clip was found and posted by blogger and “virtual” friend Neghneghoo.

American Morgan Shuster was the treasurer-general of Persia by appointment of the Iranian parliament from May to December 1911 and the author of Strangling of Persia. This is the end of the Iranian constitutional revolution.

The original post: پرشیا 1912

Caption from a 1911 English satirical magazine reads: “If we hadn’t a thorough understanding, I (British lion) might almost be tempted to ask what you (Russian bear) are doing there with our little playfellow (Persian cat).”

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  1. homeyra said, on October 19, 2008 at 8:37 am

    The text:
    Nation Is Turned To Anarchy And Chaos
    This is effect of British and Russian action in Persia

    Vienna. Jan.20.- “The net result of the British and Russian action in Persia renders a nation, which was making progress toward peace and order and was building up its finances for government, a land of chaos and anarchy, without prestige among its own people, and, in addition, has meant the sacrifice of hundreds of innocent lives.”
    This statement was made today by W. Morgan Shuster, the American, who was dismissed as treasurer general of Persia recently and who has just arrived here.
    “The Mohammedan people,” continued Mr. Shuster, “are further aroused against the Christian nations. Great Britain and Russia, far from being on a more solid basis of friendship, are now face to face on opposite sides of a disorganized territory.
    “The Russian and British legations are the real governing forces in Persia. They are acting through a directory of seven Persians in order to avoid international responsibility, but morally they are responsible for the destruction of Persian nationality when it gave promise of establishing a stable constitutional government. The seven men who are nominally governing Persia are without character and reputation. They do not command the slightest respect from their countrymen and would not exist a day without the protection of the Russian and British legations.
    Russian forces and influences are steadily advancing southward and unless there is a break in the present trend of events, the realization of Russia’s dream of a warm water port is a matter of only a few years. Great Britain will then be confronted with a living Russo-Indian frontier problem.
    The past year’s action of the European nations in Morocco, Tripoli and Persia does not encourage the hope of international peace. The fact that the Mohammedans have been driven to the wall renders future retaliation inevitable. The most regrettable feature of Persia’s dismemberment is the fact that it might have been entirely prevented had Great Britain frankly objected at the beginning of Russia’s flagrant violation of the Anglo-Russian agreement commencing with her claim last summer of the right to veto appointments of Persian officials, and culminating in the despatch of her army into Persia on the false pretext that a Persian official had printed a pamphlet criticizing Russia’s previous action in Persia.

  2. 99 said, on October 19, 2008 at 8:53 am

    My head is going to explode.

  3. Pedestrian said, on October 19, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    I have an idea for who they may be … But Homeyra, do you know of the exact “seven” he’s talking about?

  4. homeyra said, on October 19, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    Good question P 🙂
    I don’t. Reading his book will certainly give some clue.
    Not all are necessarily well known people. I have to think about it. Email me your list if you wish.

  5. […] This is effect of British and Russian action in Persia.  […]

  6. mark said, on October 20, 2008 at 8:11 pm


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