Mobility and networks

How intensive was social mobility in the highland societies, which forms did it take and how permeable, adaptable and resilient were those life forms? How is the interregional „connectivity“, resulting from mobility, to be assessed? Altogether we shall ask to which extent certain landscapes of the Iranian highlands held exactly those ecologic niches and networks for pastoral institutions (for example cattle markets and feasts at the summer willows) which enabled other, more distant communities to immigrate with success and to establish in those regions. Especially with regard to Parthians, Seljuks and Mongols – often defined as a whole and in one-sided manner as “foreign cultures” – the necessary basic research is missing.

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