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Jordanian Women’s Dress

Widad Kawar and Sibba Einarsdóttir

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Central and Southwest Asia, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

Encyclopedia entry

Jordan, officially the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, lies in the southern part of the Syrian Desert on the Gulf of Aqaba. It shares borders with Syria, Iraq, Israel, the West Bank, and Saudi Arabia. Much of the country is desert; however, in the northwest, there is a fertile agricultural region. Jordan has a long history that can be traced back to the Sumerian period in the second millennium b.c.e. and earlier. During its long and rich history, Jordan has been part of the Babylonian, Persian, Egyp

‘Ladies from Hell’

Thomas S. Abler

Source: Hinterland Warriors and Military Dress. European Empires and Exotic Uniforms, 1999, Berg Fashion Library

Book chapter

Britain recruited its first exotic warriors from its northern frontier. Scotland had long been a source of fighting men for the continent, both before and after union with the English Crown. Scottish archers first served as bodyguards to the French monarch in 1440. In the Thirty Years War, Swedish King Gustavus Adolphus employed some 20,000 Scots, while opposed to Gustavus Adolphus were some 10,000 Scots serving in the army of France (Wood 1987: 13). The oldest infantry regiment in the British Ar

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