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Persia and Its People by Ella C. Sykes
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Apr 23, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: middle-east, history, travel, non-fiction
Read in May, 2010 — I own a copy

This book needs 4 and a half stars.
Having spent many months looking for a book which discusses daily life in Persia rather than direct history ie wars, invasions, I was delighted to discover this gem. This book is a treat. Written by an English woman traveller in 1910 it discusses and describes daily life in an easily accessible yet detailed manner. She begins with an overview of history, and style of government, which sets the scene. It then progresses to chapters including amongst others: The Persian Man, The Persian Woman, a Persian city, Travel, Country Life, Fauna and Flora, Antiquities, Sport, Amusements, Poets, Arts and Craft, Superstitions and Medicine. The book includes 20 historical photographs and a regional map. I am thoroughly enjoying this book, and recommend it for anyone with an interest in social history.

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