Persia and the Persian Question.


Book format: ePub. Elibron Classics. Digitized replica of 1892 edition by Longmans, Green, and Co., London and New York.

Oversize maps are available as a free download.
This is an illustrated edition. This edition is published in 2 volumes sold separately.
ISBN 9781402161797 paperback
ISBN 9781402125379 hardcover

SKU: 10034501
  • Subtitle: . In Two Volumes. Volume 1.
  • Author(s): George Curzon.
  • ISBN: 9780543011053
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Product Description

Persia and the Persian Question, written in 1892, has been considered Curzon’s magnum opus and can be seen as a sequel to Russia in Central Asia. Curzon was commissioned by The Times to write several articles on the Persian political environment, but while there he decided to write a book on the country as whole. This two volume work covers Persia’s history and governmental structure, as well as graphics, maps and pictures (some taken by Curzon himself). Curzon was aided by General Albert Houtum-Schindler and the Royal Geographical Society (RGS), both of which helped him gain access to material to which as a foreigner he would not have been entitled to have access. General Schindler provided Curzon with information regarding Persia’s geography and resources, as well as serving as an unofficial editor. The map which accompanied the volumes was the product of RGS, but was later pointed out as inaccurate (according to British officials) as it depicted the islands near the Straits of Hormuz (Sirri, Abu Musa, and the Tunbs) as belonging to the Persians.

Curzon was appalled by his government’s apathy towards Persia as a valuable defensive buffer to India from Russian encroachment. Years later Curzon would lament that “Persia has alternatively advanced and receded in the estimation of British statesmen, occupying now a position of extravagant prominence, anon one of unmerited obscurity.”


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