Wednesday, 19 November 2008

In seven faces of a civilization

"Iran should not have existed on the map of history for centuries, for millennia. It should have been wiped out completely, because it is on the crossroad of all the civilizations and the battle field of many armies".
Prof. Peter J. Chelkowski

I was watching this, an hour long journey through Iran ancient history and the words above took me by surprise. I don't know how much of a help such an input could be to finding out the real reasons for Iran falling into the third world.


cuckoo said...

you are right, there are some books out there that argue along similar lines, i vaguely remember a book by Homayoun Katoozian (he used to teach at a good UK university).

Don Cox said...

Did Iran "fall" into the third world? That suggests that the country is less prosperous now than before. Isn't it more a matter of not keeping up with the progress shown by for example Japan? In other words, Iran has stood still while others have moved on. It is not the only country like this.