April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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The Persians is a succinct narrative of Iranian history from the time of Cyrus the Great in 560BC to the present day.
- A succinct narrative of Iranian history from the time of Cyrus the Great in 560BC to the present day.
- Traces events from the rise of the Persian empire, through competition with Rome and conquest by the Arabs, through to the re-establishment of a Persian state in the sixteenth century, and finally the Islamic Revoltuion on 1979 and the establishment of the current Islamic Republic.
- Uses the most recent scholarship to examine Iran's political, social and cultural history.
- Focuses on rulership as a central theme in Iranian identity.
- Also shows how land, language and literature relate to Iranian identity.