Persia in crisis : Safavid decline and the fall of Isfahan / Rudi Matthee.

Author
Published
  • London : I. B. Tauris 2012
Physical description
xxxiv, 371 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps.
ISBN
  • 0857720945
  • 9780857720948
Notes
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Other format: Also available in printed form.
  • Reproduction available: Electronic reproduction. Dawson Books. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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Contents
  • Incomplete contents Patterns--Iran in the Late Safavid Period -- Politics at the Safavid Court, I: shahs and grand viziers, 1629-1666 -- Safavid politics II: shahs, grand viziers, and eunuchs, 1666-1699 -- Monetary policy and the disappearing mints, 1600-1700 -- From perpetual war to lasting peace: Safavid military politics in the seventeenth century -- Weakening links: the center and the provinces, 1600-1700 -- Religion in Late Safavid Iran: Shi'i clerics and minorities -- From stability to turmoil: the final decades, 1700-1722.
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Genre
  • Electronic books.
  • History.
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Language
  • English

Summary

  • "The decline and fall of Safavid Iran is traditionally seen as the natural outcome of the unrelieved political stagnation and moral degeneration which characterised late Safavid Iran. 'Persia in Crisis' challenges this view. In this ground-breaking new book, Rudi Matthee revisits traditional sources and introduces new ones to take a fresh look at Safavid Iran in the century preceding the fall of Isfahan in 1722, which brought down the dynasty and ushered in a long period of turbulence in Iranian history. Inherently vulnerable because of the country's physical environment, its tribal makeup and a small economic base, the Safavid state was fatally weakened over the course of the seventeenth century. Matthee views Safavid Iran as a network of precarious alliances subject to perpetual negotiation and the society they ruled as an uneasy balance between conflicting forces. In the later seventeenth century this delicate balance shifted from cohesion to fragmentation. An increasingly detached, palace-bound shah; a weakening link between the capital and the outlying provinces; the regime's neglect of the military and its shortsighted monetary policies combined to exacerbate rather than redress existing problems, leaving the country with a ruler too feeble to hold factionalism and corruption in check and a military unable to defend its borders against outside attack by Ottomans and Afghans. The scene was set for the Crisis of 1722. This book makes a major contribution to our understanding of Iranian history and the period that led to two hundred years of decline and eclipse for Iran."--Publisher's description.

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