Ext 5000/41(3) 'Persia - General Situation (Sept. & Oct. 1941)'

IOR/L/PS/12/553

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The record is made up of 1 file (231 folios). It was created in 17 Sep 1941-10 Nov 1941. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.

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The file comprises telegrams, despatches, correspondence, memoranda, and notes, relating to situation in Persia [Iran] following the Anglo-Soviet invasion of Iran in August 1941.

The discussion in the volume relates to the measures taken by Britain in consultation with the United States of America and the Soviet Union to form a regime in Persia that was aligned with British war aims. Correspondence discusses the need to remove the Shah who was 'hand in glove with the Germans' and implement some form of 'constitutional government' (see folio 232).

Further discussion surrounds the temporary nature of these measures and guarantees to restore full sovereignty to Iran after the war, in the same way as other 'small nations'.

Issues discussed include:

  • Raids by tribesmen
  • Price of kerosene and staples such as bread
  • Unrest in Kurdistan
  • Stipulations of the Persian constitution
  • The UK relationship with Moscow
  • Installation of the new Shah and arrangements for exile of the old Shah
  • British policy towards administration of government in Persia.

The file features the following principal correspondents: the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs; the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs; the British Consul, Kermanshah (John Francis Robert Vaughan-Russell); HM Minister, Tehran (Sir Reader William Bullard).

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1 file (231 folios)
Arrangement

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the file.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 233; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. An additional foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 1-232; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled.

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English in Latin script
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British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers
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Archive reference
IOR/L/PS/12/553
Former external reference(s)
Ext 5000/41/3

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17 Sep 1941-10 Nov 1941 (CE, Gregorian)

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