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Rudi Matthee looks at state and non-state actors and argues that Iran's relationship with Russia in the Qajar period was far too complicated to be categorized as one between one country victimized by an imperialist other one. I will use the incident of the Russian assault on the shrine of Imam Reza in Mashhad in 1912 as a case study to illustrate this point
Rudi Matthee is a Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Delaware, author of four award-winning books on Iran and its history, and the President of the Persian Heritage Foundation.