By Brian Pearce (1994). SSEES Occasional Papers no.26. SOAS Occasional Papers no.14
The Staroselsky Problem 1918-20: An Episode in British-Russian Relations in Persia
With an introduction by Ali Granmayeh.
In this monograph of Staroselsky, the last Russian to command the Iranian army which up until 1921 was named the Persian Cossack Brigade/Division, Brian Pearce covers every important fact about the role played by Staroselsky in Iran during the crisis years of 1918-20. There is more to add, however, if one considers the broader context of relevant issues, that is, Iran’s position as a chessboard between two contesting powerful neighbours, Russia and Britain, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries when Russia had the upper hand; the role of the Persian Cossack Brigade in Iranian politics; the post-war problems of Iran and the Jangali uprising in the north; and finally, the Cossack’s confrontation with insurgents, which led first to the promotion and, subsequently, the demise of Staroselsky.
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