The Cambridge History of Iran, Volume 1

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W. B. Fisher
Cambridge University Press, Oct 1, 1968 - History - 804 pages
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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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The Kuh-i-Taftan is an immense cone that rises to 13262 ft and is still in part active, emanating gas and occasionally mud. On the lower slopes is a "spine" or pillar of lava, reminiscent of that on Mt Pelee; and the whole area consists of a mixture of tuffs, conglomerates, and trachytic lavas lying above marl and clay schists. P.88 

Contents

GEOLOGY III
64
GEOMORPHOLOGY
186
THE ORIGIN OF THE 2AGROS DEFILES
195
CLIMATE
212
SOILS
250
HYDROGRAPHY
264
VEGETATION
280
MAMMALS
294
POPULATION
468
MINERALS
489
INDUSTRIAL ACTIVITIES
517
COMMUNICATIONS TRANSPORT RETAIL TRADE
552
AGRICULTURE
565
WATER USE IN NORTHEAST IRAN
599
PASTORALISM NOMADISM AND THE SOCIAL
611
LAND REFORM IN IRAN
684

ZOOGEOGRAPHIC ANALYSIS OF THE LIZARD FAUNA
305
ORNITHOLOGY
372
EARLY MAN IN IRAN page
395
GEOGRAPHY OF SETTLEMENT
409
THE PERSONALITY OF IRAN
717
Bibliography
741
Conversion Tables
765
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