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The Small Players of the Great Game: The Settlement of Iran's Eastern Borderlands and the Creation of Afghanistan (Islamic Studies Series) Paperback – 16 May 2007

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Pirous Mojtahed-Zadeh is Professor of Geopolitics at Tehran University, and Chairman of Urosevic Foundation in London. For 35 years, he has been doing research in and teaching the political geography and history of Iran and West Asia, the Persian Gult and the Caspian Sea. He lectures extensively in North American, West Europe, the Middle East and the Far East.

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A valuable addition to the history of Qa'inat 22 July 2014
By M. Izady - Published on
Format: Paperback
The book has many valuable pieces of information particularly on the great landlords of Qa'inat/Qohistan--i.e., the Alam and the Khozeimeh families.

Unfortunately, the book also contains a good deal of historical errors and much hearsay presented as hard data. It can also use a dozen or so map to show where all the endless list of places that are mentioned in the narrative are located. The couple of maps already in there are faulty and badly done.

BUT, realizing how little is available on the area for the 19th century (and the early 20th), this book is very much needed by all people interested in the region and its grass-root history of Qohistan/Qa'inat
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Mixed review 15 April 2011
By Daniel Schierling - Published on
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This book offers a unique perspective on some of the smaller tribes involved in the Great Game, focusing particularly on the Khorasan region of Eastern Iran. The author's perspective is that Iran was systematically cheated out of their historical territory by the British, who partitioned off Afghanistan to act as a buffer state against Russian expansionism. The author is clearly biased, and sacrifices a degree of credibility in his enthusiasm. Very little attention is paid to the Russian perspective. The editing is terrible. Several dates are simply wrong. The spelling follows transliteration from Farsi, instead of English - making it hard to find cities and regions on Western maps.
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