This book examines the diplomatic activities and behind-the-scene negotiations which led to the Karun opening, including an 'Assurance' given by Britain to the Shah against a Russian retaliation. It also provides a comprehensive analysis of the region's demography, commerce and industry before the advent of the Karun, and the impact of Britain's political and commercial penetration, which eventually resulted in her total domination of the south.
This analytical study of the Anglo-Iranian relationship is unique in its extensive use of primary Persian sources and original material found at the Iranian Foreign Ministry archives which have been accessed by the author for the first time.
1. Introduction 2. British Policy in Persia and Wolff's Mission 3. Assurances, the Karun Proclamation, and the Imperial Bank of Persia 4. Socio-Economic Conditions in Khuzestan prior to and on the eve of the Karun Opening 5. Patterns of Trade in South Persia up to 1889 6. Trade of the South, Muhammaresh (1890-1910) 7. Social and Economic Changes in Khuzestan after the Karun Opening 8. Consolidation of Britain's Influence in Khuzestan. Conclusions. Appendices. Notes on Sources and Bibliography