Turanian Nomadism and Iranian Politics

Author: John Masson Smith, Jr.
Source: Iranian Studies, Vol. 11, No. 1/4, State and Society in Iran (1978), pp. 57-81
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. on behalf of International Society for Iranian Studies

John Masson Smith, Jr.
He is Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley.

The last millenium of Iranian history has been what might best be called the "Turanian period," a time of Turkish and Mongol rule and nomad domination. It is a period viewed by Iranians and most students of Iranian history with mixed, largely negative, feelings that reflect the experience and writings of the conquered peoples.

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