Photos of “male-dressed” women during the Qajar era

During Naser o-Din Shah’s reign Western science, technology, and educational methods were introduced into Homeland and the country’s modernization was begun. Naser o-Din Shah tried to exploit the mutual distrust between Great Britain and Russia to preserve Homeland’s independence, but foreign interference and territorial encroachment increased under his rule. He contracted huge foreign loans to finance expensive personal trips to Europe. He was not able to prevent Britain and Russia from encroaching into regions of traditional Persian influence.