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Cambridge University to Host "The Peace and War in Qajar Era" Conference

Tehran, May 1 (CHN) - The 5th annual conference of the International Qajar Studies Association (IQSA) will be held on 24-5th of July at the center for international studies at the Cambridge University, UK.

This year conference will deal with "Peace and War in Iran in Qajar Period: Reviewing the Past and Present". The opening lecturer will be Peter Avery from the above mentioned center. The titles and lecturers so far announced are:

Stephanie Cronin: "Military Reform in Qajar Iran: A Reassessment". This paper looks at the efforts made by successive governments in the Qajar period to establish modern military forces, focusing in particular on the role of European military missions.

Vanessa Martin: "Social Networks and Border Conflicts: the First Herat War" This paper explores the question of the ways in which social networks can influence border conflicts through the study of the case of the First Herat War 1838 to 1841. It does so within the regional framework of the rivalry of Britain and Russia in Iran, with special reference to the southern and eastern borders of the country.

Irina Koshoridze: "Abbas Mirza and Alexandre Bagrationi of Georgia"; This paper looks at the Russian-Iranian wars and the last efforts of Georgians to revive the Royal dynasty at the beginning of the 19th century.

Irene Natchkebia: "Napoleon's Policy in Persia in the Context of the Indian Expedition and Georgia". At the turn of the 19th century in order to include Persia in the plan of the Indian expedition Napoleon inserted the issue of Eastern Georgia which was annexed by Russia in 1801. Russia, after having strengthened its positions in the Caucasus, started to intervene in the political life of the Mediterranean, the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea countries, which led to serious concerns by the traditionally dominant countries of these territories, namely the Turkish and Iranian Empires.

Lawrence Potter: "The Reassertion of Tehran's control over the northern Persian Gulf littoral in the 19th century". Although Iran exercised control over the northern shore of the Persian Gulf intermittently throughout history, notably under Nader Shah in the mid-18th century, by the early 19th century the situation had changed. The Qajar dynasty, preoccupied by threats from Russia in the northwest and later the shah's attempt to regain control of Herat, was not in position and perhaps lacked the interest to assert control over its Persian Gulf littoral. Policy toward the Persian Gulf was often left to the governor of Fars.

Richard Schofield and Reza Sheikholeslami: the title of whose article will be announced later.

Joachim Waibel: "The Making of the Treaty of Paris and the Futility of the War between Great Britain and Persia 1856-1857". The East India Company, in the name of the British Government, declared war on Persia November 1, 1856. This was the third time since 1838, that the interests of the British and the Persians had clashed over the Persian desire to control the City of Herat. Britain viewed Herat as the all-important strategic and logistic gateway to the old Silk Route to India. Persia claimed ancient territorial rights as well as the need to protect the Shiite majority population of Herat from its Sunni oppressors.

Antony Wynn: "Sir Percy Sykes: British Consul in Kerman, Sistan and Mashhad, founder of the South Persia Rifles." This illustrated lecture takes a light-hearted look at a part of Iranian history from 1893 to the end of the Great War as seen through Sykes’s eyes. Lieut. Percy Sykes was sent to explore Kerman and Baluchistan provinces and later, as part of Curzon’s forward policy, to establish a British presence there to discourage Russian encroachment southwards towards India. He arrived as a brash and thrusting Indian cavalry officer but was soon drawn into Persian culture and, while always a servant of Empire, nevertheless came to hold much sympathy for Iranian nationalist sentiment.

Graham Williamson: "The Turk-Persian War: Unintended Consequences."

Mansoureh Ettehadieh (Nezam-Mafie): "The Revolt of Salar Dowleh."

Roxane Farmanfarmaian: "The Question of Oil."

Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet: "Frontiers: Persia, Afghanistan, Russia, And Ottoman Empire."

The titles of the previous conferences of the IQSA were "Reading Early Photographs: Visual Sources for the Interpretation of Iranian Qajar History"(2001), Qajar Era Costume and Dress (2002), Health, Hygiene and Beauty in the Qajar Era (2003), and "Harem: Perception and Reality of Life in Ottoman and Qajar Courts" (2004).

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