The Sword of Persia: Nader Shah, from Tribal Warrior to Conquering Tyrant.

Axworthy, Michael.

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Book ID: 35583


8vo. xix, 348 pp., 9 plates including a frontispiece, 3 maps, cloth in d/w, gilt on title page, hard back in mint condition, previous owner’s name inscribed on verso back end paper, I.B.Tauris, New York, first edition, 2006.


Nader Shah, ruler of Persia from 1736 to 1747, embodied ruthless ambition, energy, military brilliance, cynicism and cruelty. His reign was filled with bloodshed, betrayal and horror. Yet Nader Shah is central to Iran s early modern history. From a shepherd boy he rose to liberate his country from foreign occupation, and make himself Shah. He took eighteenth-century Iran from political collapse to become the dominant power in the region, recovering Herat and Kandahar, conquering Moghul Delhi, plundering the enormous treasures of India, repeatedly defeating Ottoman Turkey, and overrunning most of what is now Iraq.But suspicion and avarice led him to persecute the Persian people as savagely as any foreign conqueror had done. The Sword of Persia recreates the story of a remarkable, ruthless man, capable of both charm and brutality, who became a monster of insane cruelty.

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