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British imperial interests in Persia in the Qajar period were primarily determined by the concern for the security of colonial India and, secondarily, by trade, telegraphic communication, and financial or other conces-sionary agreements.
In the late 1890s, the Foreign Office in London came to regard Germany as the main threat to the European balance of power and British imperial hegemony around the globe.
During the reign of Reżā Shah (1925-1941) a profound transformation took place in both the character and the scope of British influence in Persia.
For the greater part of the Qajar era (1796-1924) Persia was the scene of intense rivalry between the Russian and British empires.
The British, more than any others, have been prolific authors of travelogues, and memoirs about Persia.
St. J. Simpson
excavations began in Persia before the so-called “French monopoly” on archeological excavations.
A. D. H. Bivar
Several fields of pre-Islamic Iranian Studies have seen great expansion during recent centuries, and to these, scholars and travelers from Great Britain have made substantial contributions.
British interest in, and scholarship on, Persia and Persian culture in the Islamic period goes back to the first formal contacts between the two countries, that is, at least to the 16th century and the growth of Britain’s involvement in the Levant and East Indian trades.
J. Michael Rogers
The collecting of Persian art in Great Britain goes back at least to the missions despatched by the Safavid Shah ʿAbbās I (1588-1629) and the activities of the Sherley brothers at his court in Isfahan. The early 17th century also saw the growth of trade with Persia through the East India Company.This Article Has Images/Tables.
This entry will be treated in two separate articles: (1) Persian Community and (2) The Library for Iranian Studies.