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Crisis, Collapse, Militarism and Civil War: The History and Historiography of 18th Century Iran

Michael Axworthy


Eighteenth-century Iran is of central significance to the modern history of the country, but as a field of study it has been neglected. It was a century of revolt, war, political disorder, anarchy and lawlessness, disruption of trade, economic collapse, famine, emigration, and general misery. It has been estimated that the population of the country fell from around 9 million at the beginning of the century to perhaps 6 million at the end. In the 1720s it seemed likely that Iran would disappear altogether, partitioned between her neighbours. Within a few years the country surged back to make a ... More

Keywords: Iran, history, 18th century, Nader Shah, Karim Khan Zand, Safavid, Zand, Qajar

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190250324
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190250324.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Axworthy, editor
University of Exeter