This is a historical account of the effort of Morgan Shuster, a young American accountant who, in May 1911, during a period of democratic revolution went with his family to Persia (Iran) to put its chaotic finances on a sound footing. Less than eight months later, under Russian and British pressure, he was forced to leave, his task unfinished.
The book describes Shuster's efforts to help a crippled nation-the men and women with whom he worked and struggled for the right to rule themselves. There were some scoundrels among whom he worked. There were others, however, who believed that the dignity and honor of their country were worth working for and, in many cases, dying for.
The book raises an ethical question: while dignity and honor and the love of freedom for one's country or, as in Shuster's case, the desire to lift a burdensome yoke from a nation's neck may be worth working for, even dying for, does that justify placing the lives of hundreds or even thousands of other people in jeopardy? In posing this question, the book asks if Shuster's experience has any relevance in our present-day relations with Iran?
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About the Author
Her Peace Corps service was followed by a year of study at Columbia University, where she studied under Professor Ainslee Embree, who deepened her love for India, and Professor Ehsan Yar-Shater, who introduced her to the beauties of classical Persian literature. She transferred to the University of Michigan, where obtaining a doctorate in the British Empire allowed her to indulge her passion for both countries.
After a thirty-year career teaching Western Civilization, Humanities, and English at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan, she has been able to reinvigorate her two youthful passions, study of Iran and India.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations vii
I A Fateful Treaty 13
II The Realm of the Qajars 24
III A King Besieged 41
IV October 1906. The Constitutional Revolution 62
V Anglo-Russian Convention of August 1907 75
VI The Second Majles 93
VII Why an American? Why Shuster? 112
VIII First Days 131
IX The June 13 Law 148
X Creating a Respect for Law 155
XI The Stokes Affair 169
XII Mohammad Ali Invades 181
XIII Mohammad Ali Invades: The Military Campaign 200
XIV September 210
XV The Shu'a al-Saltaneh Incident 217
XVI October. The Times Letter 227
XVII November. Demands and an Ultimatum 237
XVIII December 250
XIX Making Angels Weep 263
XX Khoda Hafez (Good-bye) 273
XXI Conclusion 283