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By G. Mirfendereski

ISBN-10: 0230107575

ISBN-13: 9780230107571

ISBN-10: 1349387118

ISBN-13: 9781349387113

In a chain of brief tales that either tell and amuse, this publication transports the reader around the windswept shorelines of the Caspian Sea and gives a provocative view of the wars, peace, intrigues, and betrayals that experience formed the political geography of this significant and unstable area. The loss of life of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the eclipsing of the previous Iranian-Soviet regime of the ocean have given upward push to new demanding situations for the nearby actors and unparalleled possibilities for foreign gamers to faucet into the area's huge, immense oil and fuel assets, 3rd in measurement purely at the back of Siberia and the Persian Gulf. This e-book explores the ancient subject matters that tell and animate the extra quick and regularly occurring discussions approximately petroleum, pipelines, and ethnic clash within the Caspian quarter.

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In July 1836, Mohammad Shah arrived at Firuzkuh on his way to Khorasan, whence he intended to march on Herat. Much to the chagrin of the Russians who had egged on the Persian monarch to undertake the campaign, the operations against Herat were suspended on account of a draught in Khorasan. The shah seized the opportunity instead to reprimand the Yamut, Tekke, and Goklen Turkmens. When he arrived near Gorgan in August, a welcoming party made up of several Yamut and Goklen notables went to greet the shah in the hopes that he would take it easy on their tribes.

He was accompanied on his trip by Grigorii Valerianovich Melgunov, a functionary in Count Bariatinski’s political department at Tbilisi. The visit was short, 13 days in all. In 1860, Cruzen Stern, the head of the Caucasus branch of the geographical society at Tbilisi, invited Duren to tour northern Persia for a second time. Duren recruited Melgunov for the venture. Melgunov’s observations, collected in the course of the two trips, were eventually published in St. Petersburg in 1863 in the form of a detailed encyclopedia of information about the Persian littoral.

Steamers, too, were not of much use, because by the time the boilers were readied for the chase, the Turkmens had disappeared from the scene. After a two-day stay on Ashuradeh, at noon, on October 12, 1860, Melgunov and his party, which included Mir Baba, the headman of Qara Tappeh, boarded a barqa and set out to explore the Persian coast, intending to visit first the ruins at Qara Tappeh. The barqa, known as barcasse in French and barkas in Russian, was a rather large, long-sized boat with a wide midsection that was used usually for fishing.

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