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The Most Sovereign of Masters: The History of Opium in Modern Iran, 1850-1955

@inproceedings{Regavim2012TheMS,
  title={The Most Sovereign of Masters: The History of Opium in Modern Iran, 1850-1955},
  author={Ram B. Regavim},
  year={2012}
}
This study surveys a century of commercial opium production in Iran, from 1850 to 1955. From an insignificant contributor to the global opium market, Iran became within a few decades an important exporter, turning to the market between 5-10% of the entire global production of opium. Opium-poppy cultivation and opium production formed part of a larger process of transition within the agricultural sector to cash-crop production. Under the growing pressure of increasing imports of European… 

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