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on 9 August 2015
Am only half way through this book, if that, but I really thought there would be more to Iranian history than war (at least up until where i have so far read, circa 1650 A.D).
I have put the book down for about a week now because it has not been holding my interest. I will pick it up at some point as I hoped to use it as background knowledge for a possible trip to Iran as a tourist, but I can't help but feel that the author has applied far too much focus on all the wars to the detriment of other parts of Iranian history, with the exception of poetry, which the author seems rather fond of.
One particular annoying passage was when he spoke of a new regime in the 1600's which was repressive and cracked down on prostitution, wine, and womens' rights. I was annoyed because i had read 200 pages and never had the author mentioned that prostitution, and women's rights were popular or part of everyday society in Iran up until that point (he had mentioned the elites enjoyed wine though).
So basically there had been a social history that has not been conveyed in the book so far.
Additionally the authors' focus of king after king after local leader after statesmen is way to dull and laborious, and reads like a dull history book on English kings, or a biblical book where Jeremiah begets Ezekial begets Abraham begets......