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Crisis, collapse, militarism and civil war : the history and historiography of 18th century Iran

Author: Michael Axworthy
Publisher: New York, NY, United State of America : Oxford University Press, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The eighteenth century was a crucial era in modern Iranian history, but the scholarship on the epoch is extremely limited. Among the reasons for this is the fact that it was largely a terrible period, plagued by war, economic collapse, governmental breakdown, and general misery. It has been estimated that the population of the country fell from around 9 million in 1700 to perhaps 6 million in 1899. Indeed, in the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Axworthy
ISBN: 9780190250324 0190250321
OCLC Number: 1055616103
Description: xiii, 247 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: What's in a name? : periodization and 18th century Iran / Gene Garthwaite --
Historiographical notes on the eighteenth century in Iranian history : chaos and decline, imperial dreams, or regional specificity? / Rudi Matthee --
The awkwardness of Nader Shah / Michael Axworthy --
Reflections on Iran and the Ottomans after Nader Shah / Ernest Tucker --
Whatever happened to the School of Isfahan? Studying Hikmat in the 18th century / Sajjad Rizvi --
Of mullas, migration and manuscripts : aspects of Shi︢i community life in the in the 18th century / Andrew Newman --
The economy of Afsharid Iran : a dismal story / Willem Floor --
Reflections on tribal resurgence / Willem Floor --
Quiet encroachment : Iran-Russia relations in the 18th century based on archival documents / Goodarz Rashtiani --
Persia 1700-1750 : some views from Central and Southern Europe / Giorgio Rota --
Nader Shah, the Delhi loot, and the eighteenth-century exotics of empire / Sussan Babaie.
Other Titles: Crisis, collapse, militarism & civil war
Responsibility: edited by Michael Axworthy.

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"The eighteenth century was a crucial era in modern Iranian history, but the scholarship on the epoch is extremely limited. Among the reasons for this is the fact that it was largely a terrible period, plagued by war, economic collapse, governmental breakdown, and general misery. It has been estimated that the population of the country fell from around 9 million in 1700 to perhaps 6 million in 1899. Indeed, in the 1720s it seemed likely that Iran would disappear altogether, partitioned between her neighbors. Within a few years, the country surged back to regional pre-eminence under the rule of military genius Nader Shah, but lapsed again into civil war after his untimely death in 1747. The subsequent civil wars lasted almost until the end of the century except for a couple of brief interludes of relative calm. After decades of violence and economic dislocation, the end of the century saw the crowning of Agha Mohammad Shah, the first of the Qajar dynasty that lasted until 1925."--Jacket flap.

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