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Diary of His Majesty the Shah of Persia During His Tour Through Europe in A.D. 1873

Third printing, 2012.

Series: Mazda Publishers Reprints 2
Availability: In stock
Published: 1995
Page #: xxxiii + 420
Size: 6 x 9
ISBN: ISBN 13:978-1568590134, 1-56859-013-X

 
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The Qajar monarch, Nasir al-Din Shah, ruled Persia (Iran) for the second half of the nineteenth century (1848-96), a momentous period in which the forces of colonialism and Western commercial interest were fully unleashed on the Islamic world. Within Persia itself, centuries-old, traditional modes of government were called into question by reforming spirits, anxious for their country to adapt to the demands of the new industrialized age.

On 19 April 1873 the Shah set out on a trip which was to take him to Russia, Germany, Belgium, France, England, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Ottoman Turkey, and Georgia. During the tour, he faithfully recorded his impressions of Europe in a "Diary."

Within a year of the Shah’s visit to Europe, Sir James W. Redhouse, a well-known British Oriantalist scholar had published a translation of the Shah’s "Diary." The present volume is a reprint of the original edition first published in London in 1874. It remains a document of nineteenth century social history which records a vanished world of European imperialism and industrial and technological change, world where monarchs behaved with greater decorum and discretion than nowadays.

J.W. Redhouse

Introduction
Carole Hillenbrand

Translator’s Preface
J. W. Redhouse

Preliminary Notice

CHAPTER I. Tehran to Astrakhan; 26 Days

CHAPTER II. Russia; 14 Days

CHAPTER III. Prussia, Germany, Belgium; 20 Days

CHAPTER IV. England; 18 Days

CHAPTER V. France, Switzerland; 19 Days

CHAPTER VI. Italy, Austria; 19 Days

CHAPTER VII. Turkey; 11 Days

CHAPTER VIII. Georgia, Return; 11 Days.

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