Today in Middle Eastern history: the 1921 Ir…

Our “Today in History” posts are always free, but if you want to support the newsletter and get the full Foreign Exchanges experience you know what you have to do: The fall of imperial Russia in the aftermath of the 1917 Russian Revolution should have been good news for Iran's Qajar dynasty, which had fought three wars with Russia and lost much of its Caucasian territory in the process. But instead of eliminating a serious threat to their kingdom, the events of 1917 upset the delicate balance of power inside Iran and eventually led to the Qajars' overthrow.

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