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Wars of the Ottomans and Safavids

Posted January 20th, 2017 at 04:11 PM by Lord Oda Nobunaga
Updated January 21st, 2017 at 10:58 PM by Lord Oda Nobunaga

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The conflicts between the Ottoman and Safavid empires, as well as their successor dynasty the Afshars, lasted from 1514 until 1747. These series of wars were the result of expansionism and the desire for control of the Middle East by both sides, specifically the threat that the Safavids posed to Ottoman territory. The Ottoman-Safavid Wars were also waged as a continuation of the...
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Sources on the Ottoman and Safavid Wars

Posted January 20th, 2017 at 03:17 PM by Lord Oda Nobunaga
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-Michael Axworthy. A History of Iran: Empire of the Mind. Basic Books, 2008.

-Michael Axworthy. The Sword of Persia: Nader Shah. IB Tauris, 2006.
A study of the collapse of the Safavid state in the 18th century. The text goes into detail about the invasion of Shia Iran by the Sunni Ottomans and Afghans as well as their defeats by Nader. This was the last true confrontation between these two powers for regional hegemony as well as the last attempt to reconcile Sunnism with Shiism....
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Nazareth or Nabratein or ...?

Posted November 17th, 2016 at 08:22 PM by gold heart
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Could the "real/lost" Nazareth be Nabratein (not the traditional "Nazareth")? by Sean B.

(This is just a repost of our original rough article from a few years ago, we haven't yet improved/updated it except a quick editing some bits.)

The reason/story for this article was that I had seen that sources claim that the traditional "Nazareth" was not around (evidence it didn't exist or no evidence it existed) at the time of Christ (and no synagogue...
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History of Rugs

Posted September 23rd, 2016 at 11:41 AM by Jens (Random American History)

Area rugs have been an important part of human civilization for just about as long as humans have been around. The history of area rugs is a long and varied past, complete with plenty of interesting tidbits along the way. Although it may be difficult to imagine area rugs existing as far back as early nomadic tribes, it is very true that these cultures were among the first to develop the rug, and to set it on a course toward the beneficial and decorative household item that we know and love today....
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Notes on the crusades

Posted September 17th, 2016 at 01:36 PM by Piccolo
Updated November 25th, 2016 at 07:49 PM by Piccolo

see also: random notes

see also: notes on the middle ages (find it via the search to your your left......)

People's Crusade- 6 month prelude to the first crusade. It lost, decisively, to the Turks.

First Crusade- 1096-1099. Decisive Crusader victory.

Godfrey of Bouillon- Lord of Bouillon. One of the leaders of the first crusade. After the crusaders took Jerusalem, he became it's ruler.

Crusade of 1101- Decisive
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