Cumans and Tatars: Oriental Military in the Pre-Ottoman Balkans, 1185–1365 (Google eBook)
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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CHAPTER ONE Introduction
CHAPTER TWO Cumans and the Second Bulgarian Empire
CHAPTER THREE Cumans in the Balkans before the Tatar conquest 1241
CHAPTER FOUR The first period of Tatar influence in the Balkans 12421282
CHAPTER FIVE The heyday of Tatar influence in the Balkans 12801301
CHAPTER SIX Cumans and Tatars on the Serbian scene
CHAPTER SEVEN Cumans in Byzantine service after the Tatar conquest 12421333
CHAPTER EIGHT The Tatars fade away from Bulgaria and Byzantium 13201354
CHAPTER NINE The emergence of two Romanian principalities in Cumania 1330 1364
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