Iran 1871 CE

Iran has been drawn into the British sphere of influence.

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What is happening in Iran in 1871CE

The Shahs of Iran have maintained their country’s political independence but, economically, they have been drawn into the British sphere of influence. Iran’s manufacturing industries have declined in the face of cheap goods from abroad, and her main exports are now crops such as rice, tobacco and opium. Naser al-Din Shah currently occupies the throne. He has tried to solve his financial problems by selling commercial concessions to foreign companies. This has aroused hostility amongst the population and the clergy and, in any case, achieves very little for the country at large: the money raised is squandered by the Shah and his family on expensive trips to Europe.

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