The Persians

Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2006-10-09
Publisher(s): 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.

Author Biography

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).

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Dynastic Tables
List of Maps
Acknowledgments xii
Dynastic Tables xiv
Persia: Place and Idea
The Achaemenians (c. 550--331 BC)
Alexander (330--323 BC), the Seleucids (312--129 BC), and the Parthians (247 BC -- AD 224)
The Sasanians (c.224--651)
``Non-Iran'': Arabs, Turks, and Mongols in Iran
The Safavids (1501--1722)
The Qajars (1796--1926)
Iran, 1921--2003: Pahlavi and Islamic Republican Iran
Notes 282(4)
Further Reading 286(10)
Index 296

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