Michael Axworthy' s excellent " A History of Iran: Empire of the Mind" covers 3, 000 years of Iranian history in less than 300 pages. His approach is sensitive and generally even- handed, reflecting an interest in Iran that in places borders on reverence.
This book focuses on the role of the air power in the Iran- Iraq War of, one of the most underestimated and under researched events in the history of aerial warfare. The history of Iran, which was commonly known until the mid- 20th century as Persia in the Western world, is intertwined with the history of a larger region, also to an extent known as Greater Iran, comprising the area from Anatolia, the Bosphorus, and Egypt in the west to the borders of Ancient India and the Syr Darya in the east, and from the Caucasus and the Eurasian Steppe in the north to.
The Zagros Mountains in southwestern Iran present an impressive landscape of long linear ridges and valleys. Formed by collision of the Eurasian and Arabian tectonic plates, the ridges and valleys extend hundreds of kilometers.