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The Persians

ISBN: 978-1-55786-860-2
336 pages
January 2005, 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.
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List of Figures.

List of Dynistic Tables.

List of Maps.

Acknowledgments.

Dynastic Tables.

Maps.

1. Persia: Place and Idea.

2.The Achaemenians (c.550–331 BC).

3. Alexander (330–323 BC), the Selucids (312–129 BC), and the Parthians (247 BC–AD 224).

4. The Sasanians (c.224–651).

5. “Non-Iran”: Arabs, Turks, and Mongols in Iran.

6. The Safavids (1501–1722).

7. The Qajars (1796–1926).

8. Iran: 1921–2003: Pahlavi and Islamic Republican Iran.

Notes.

Further Reading.

Index.

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Gene R. Garthwaite is Jane and Raphael Bernstein Professor in Asian Studies and Professor of History at Dartmouth College. He is the author of Khans and Shahs: A Documentary Analysis of the Bakhtiyari in Iran (1983).
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  • A succinct narrative of Persian 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 Persian identity.
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A Choice Outstanding Academic Title of the Year

"This book is not a dry historical narrative but an excellent, rigorous, yet generally accessible overview of Persians in history based on the latest scholarship on Iranian society and History. Essential." (Choice)

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