The Small Players of the Great Game
The Settlement of Iran's Eastern Borderlands and the Creation of Afghanistan
This book deals with the 19th century Anglo-Russian Great Game played out on the territorial chessboard of eastern and north-eastern parts of the waning Persian empire. The Great Game itself has been written about extensively, but never from a Persian angle and from the point of view of the local players in that game. Looking at the territorial consequences of the Great Game for the local players is a unique approach, which deserves a special place in the studies of history, geography, politics and geopolitics of the age of modernity.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. The Great Game and its Major Players 2. Small Players of the Great Game 3. Small Players of the Great Game 4. The Partitioning of Khorasan and Creation of Afghanistan 5. Emergence of Khorasan and Baluchistan Boundaries 6. Partitioning of Sistan and Evolution of Afghan Boundaries Conclusion Notes Bibliography
Pirous Mojtahed-Zadeh is Professor of Geopolitics at Tehran University, and Chairman of Urosevic Foundation in London. For 35 years, he has been doing research in and teaching the political geography and history of Iran and West Asia, the Persian Gult and the Caspian Sea. He lectures extensively in North American, West Europe, the Middle East and the Far East.