By G. Mirfendereski

In a sequence of brief tales that either tell and amuse, this e-book transports the reader around the windswept beaches of the Caspian Sea and offers a provocative view of the wars, peace, intrigues, and betrayals that experience formed the political geography of this crucial and unstable zone. The death 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 remarkable possibilities for foreign avid gamers to faucet into the area's huge, immense oil and gasoline assets, 3rd in dimension merely in the back of Siberia and the Persian Gulf. This ebook explores the historic subject matters that tell and animate the extra speedy and usual discussions approximately petroleum, pipelines, and ethnic clash within the Caspian sector.

Show description

Read Online or Download A Diplomatic History of the Caspian Sea: Treaties, Diaries, and Other Stories PDF

Best history_2 books

Formación Histórica de la Nacionalidad Brasileña

Translation and prologue by way of Carlos Pereyra

The demon’s brood : the Plantagenet dynasty that forged the English nation

The Plantagenets reigned over England longer than the other kinfolk - from Henry II, to Richard III. 4 kings have been murdered, got here just about deposition and one other was once killed in a conflict by means of rebels. Shakespeare wrote performs approximately six of them, extra entrenching them within the nationwide Myth.

Based on significant modern resources and up to date examine, acclaimed historian Desmond Seward presents the 1st readable review of the full outstanding dynasty, in a single quantity.

Additional resources for A Diplomatic History of the Caspian Sea: Treaties, Diaries, and Other Stories

Example text

At the time of this writing, in September 2000, there has been no noted reemergence of the Ashuradeh Islands. When fully discernable as an island of any significant size, as it was in the middle of the nineteenth century, the Great Ashuradeh lay about 12 miles northwest of Bandar Gaz and about 15 to 20 miles off the mouth of the Atrak River and at a distance of 3 to 4 miles from Miyankaleh itself. Circular in shape, it measures a mile long and one half mile wide, no more than three to four feet above the sea level; it is usually devoid of vegetation, as precious little can grow in the sand and gravel that cover the island.

Three very small wooden structures operating as shops were owned by Persians; a kiosk for used goods, a few houses, and a two-story tower belonging to the Turkmen chief, Ghadir Khan, rounded out the western landscape. In the southern part of the island a wooden church and its rectory were located on the northern edge of a marsh, Melgunov’s Field Trip 39 across from the sailors’ quarters on the southern side of the marsh. Ashuradeh’s cemetery, which at the time of Admiral Du Gamel was located on the west end of the island, was no more; the battering sea had disinterred and floated away many of the coffins, so the cemetery was moved to Miyankaleh on the mainland.

There were also seven or eight other Russian warships, the largest of which had 18 guns. The canon balls used by these guns ranged in size between 6 and 9 pounds each and the Russians kept them stored on Great Ashuradeh. Another vessel, with 100-ton capacity, was used for ferrying victuals and other supplies. The physical presence of the Russian fleet and the serenity that they engendered in the Bay of Astarabad is captured in this tableau by Holmes. Viewing it all from shore near Miyankaleh, opposite Great Ashuradeh, he recorded that the air of the calm bay tasted of the smoke that rose from the burning reed at the nearby Turkmen encamp- On to Ashuradeh!

Download PDF sample

A Diplomatic History of the Caspian Sea: Treaties, Diaries, by G. Mirfendereski
Rated 4.82 of 5 – based on 18 votes