A History of Iran: Empire of the Mind by Michael Axworthy

By Michael Axworthy

Even though usually vilified, Iran is a state of serious highbrow sort and intensity, and one of many oldest carrying on with civilizations on the earth. Its political effect has been great, not just on its associates within the center East but in addition in the course of the international. From the time of the prophet Zoroaster, to the robust historic Persian Empires, to the revolution of 1979, the hostage situation, and the present standoff over Iran’s nuclear pursuits, Michael Axworthy vividly narrates the nation’s wealthy historical past. He explains basically and
carefully either the complicated succession of dynasties that governed old Iran and the marvelous ethnic range of the fashionable kingdom, held jointly by means of a typical tradition. With Iran back the focal point of the world’s cognizance, A background of Iran is an important consultant to realizing this unstable kingdom.

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