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The Cambridge History of Iran

The Cambridge History of Iran

Volume 1. The Land of Iran


Part of The Cambridge History of Iran

  • Date Published: October 1968
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521069359

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  • The Cambridge History of Iran is an eight-volume survey of Iranian history and culture, and its contribution to the civilisation of the world. All aspect of the religious, philosophical, political, economic, scientific and artistic elements in Iranian civilisation are studies, with some emphasis on geographical and ecological factors which have contributed to that civilisation's special character. The aim is to provide a collection of readable essays rather than a catalogue of information. The volumes offer scope for the publication of new ideas as well as providing summaries of established facts. They should act as a stimulus to specialists, but are primarily concerned to answer the sort of questions about the past and present of Iran that are asked by the non-specialist. Volume I sets the physical stage for the human events which follow. In a sense it is a companion volume to the rest of the series. The whole volume is devoted to geography, geology, anthropology, economic life, and flora and fauna. The physical environment of Iran is seen not as an unmoving backcloth against which the human drama is played; rather it is seen as a natural element which shapes in distinct and recognisable ways the whole course of human activity in the country. Iran offers a picture of sharp identity as a geographical unit. In spite of highly varies and often harsh natural conditions at local level, a consistent and recognisable pattern of physiographical and climatic features emerges at the national level. Because of these features the Iranians as a people suffered many vicissitudes. The complex character of the relationship between terrain and people is the major theme of this volume.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 1968
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521069359
    • length: 804 pages
    • dimensions: 239 x 158 x 47 mm
    • weight: 1.27kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of plates
    Volume editor's preface
    Units of measurement
    Part I. The Land:
    1. Physical geography
    2. Geology
    3. Geomorphology
    4. The origin of the Zagros defiles
    5. Climate
    6. Soils
    7. Hydrography
    8. Vegetation
    9. Mammals
    10. Zoogeographic analysis of the lizard fauna of Iran
    11. Ornithology
    Part II. The People:
    12. Early man in Iran
    13. Geography of settlement
    14. Population
    Part III. Economic Life:
    15. Minerals
    16. Industrial activities
    17. Communications, transport, retail trade and service
    18. Agriculture
    19. Water use in north-east Iran
    20. Pastoralism, Nomadism and the social anthropology of Iran
    21. Land reform of Iran
    Part IV. Conclusion:
    22. The personality of Iran
    Conversion tables

  • Editor

    W. B. Fisher

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