Cumans and Tatars: Oriental Military in the Pre-Ottoman Balkans, 1185–1365 (Google eBook)

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 24, 2005 - History - 230 pages
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The Cumans and the Tatars were nomadic warriors of the Eurasian steppe who exerted an enduring impact on the medieval Balkans. With this work, István Vásáry presents an extensive examination of their history from 1185 to 1365. The basic instrument of Cuman and Tatar political success was their military force, over which none of the Balkan warring factions could claim victory. As a consequence, groups of the Cumans and the Tatars settled and mingled with the local population in various regions of the Balkans. The Cumans were the founders of three successive Bulgarian dynasties (Asenids, Terterids and Shishmanids) and the Wallachian dynasty (Basarabids). They also played an active role in Byzantium, Hungary and Serbia, with Cuman immigrants being integrated into each country's elite. This book also demonstrates how the prevailing political anarchy in the Balkans in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries made it ripe for the Ottoman conquest.
  

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Contents

CHAPTER ONE Introduction
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CHAPTER TWO Cumans and the Second Bulgarian Empire
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CHAPTER THREE Cumans in the Balkans before the Tatar conquest 1241
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CHAPTER FOUR The first period of Tatar influence in the Balkans 12421282
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CHAPTER FIVE The heyday of Tatar influence in the Balkans 12801301
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CHAPTER SIX Cumans and Tatars on the Serbian scene
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CHAPTER SEVEN Cumans in Byzantine service after the Tatar conquest 12421333
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CHAPTER EIGHT The Tatars fade away from Bulgaria and Byzantium 13201354
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Conclusion
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Appendix 1 Geographical names
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Appendix 2 Chronological table of dynasties
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Appendix 3 Maps
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Abbreviations
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Bibliography
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Index
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CHAPTER NINE The emergence of two Romanian principalities in Cumania 1330 1364
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