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    yielded less than

    Dear all!
    What is the exact meaning of "yielded less than" in the following passage?

    "Throughout the 1930s, the Soviet government's decision-making processes were characteristically complex, bureaucratic, and “multi-centric”– as opposed to a single chain of “top-down” commands to be fulfilled by local authorities. Furthermore, the Soviet Union's aspiration to establish diplomatic and economic pre-eminence in Iran yielded less than hegemonic results. Nonetheless, Soviet officials took appreciable steps towards the appeasement of their Iranian counterparts – especially in 1933–6 – which were indicative of new policy directives vis--vis rising global competition and the increasing probability of war."

    The passage is from the essay "
    From the Imperial Periphery to the Boundaries of Power: Soviet Diplomatic Officials in 1930s Iran" by Mary Yoshinari, in the book "Russians in Iran". edited by Rudi Matthee and Elena Andreeva. I should add that Russia occupied Iran in 1941, and wanted to disintegrate the country unsuccessfully.
    Many thanks in advance.

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    Re: yielded less than

    Read it as "yielded / less than hegemonic results." They were not able to establish themselves a hegemony.

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