A Thousand Years of the Tartars

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S. Low, Marston (limited), 1895 - China - 371 pages
 

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I married a tatar women. So I decided it was time to read up on the tatars, also known as tartars. The book is a fascinating read of ancient history.

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Page 14 - Europe, to deliver sonorous sentences about being 'masters of the world,' bringing all nations of the earth under her sway, and so on, when in reality only some corner of the Mediterranean is involved, or some ephemeral sally into Persia and Gaul. Cyrus and Alexander, Darius and Xerxes, Caesar and Pompey, all made very interesting excursions, but they were certainly not on a larger scale or charged with greater human interest than the campaigns which were going on at the other end of Asia. Western...
Page 4 - A universal custom, which, as we shall see, extended for a thousand years over the whole of Tartary, was for the son to take over his deceased father's wives, (with the exception of his own natural mother), and for younger brothers to take over the widows of their elder brethren.
Page 3 - • thejr country was the back of a horse.'' They moved from place to place with their flocks and herds, always in search of fresh pasture. Horses, cattle, and sheep were their usual possessions...
Page 97 - Hiung-Nu, unable to maintain their ground against various enemies, " disappeared far away to the North, many of them no doubt finding their way by the upper waters of the Selinga and the Irtysh to Issekul, the Aral, and the Caspian, struggling with the Bashkirs, the Alans, and the unknown tribes then occupying Bussia into Europe ". In an article on " The Origin of the Turks
Page 166 - ... GOD, a title which all offensive conquerors have more or less merited, though none but Attila is said to have assumed and gloried in it. He may justly be ranked among the greatest conquerors ; for there was scarcely any province in / Europe which did not feel the weight of his victorious arms. Attila deduced his descent from the ancient Huns, who had formerly contended with the monarchs of China. His features, according to the observation of a Gothic historian, bore the stamp of his national...
Page 4 - Every grown-up man strong enough to bend an ordinary bow was a trooper. Every one, from the highest to the lowest, fed upon flesh and milk ; used the skins of the animals slaughtered as clothing ; and wore an overcoat of felt made out of the hair. The fighting men were always conceded the best entertainment ; the old and feeble were despised, and had to pick up what was left.
Page 285 - ... already named, who ordered the birds' fastenings to be loosened and their liberty to be given them. Thenceforward the Uigliurs often sent horses. Mr. Parker has collected some interesting facts about the Uighurs from the notices of the various embassies, etc., at this time. Thus the Uighur country is described as producing yaks, precious stones, wild horses, single-humped camels, antelope horns, sal ammoniac, castoreum, diamonds (?), red salt, hair rugs, cotton, and horse-skins. The country grew...
Page 39 - ... therefor in the impoverished condition of the public treasury at the time of his accession, and the necessities occasioned by the incursions of the barbarians, who ravaged the Eastern provinces of the Empire until they were finally defeated by Titus. Vespasian died of an illness in Campania, in AD 79, after a reign of ten years, and was succeeded by his son TITUS, the conqueror of Jerusalem; though his other son, Domitian, made some opposition, alleging that his father's will had been altered....
Page 56 - Emperor came to the throne and one of his first acts was to respond to an appeal of Khuganja by sending him 20,000 measures of grain for his impoverished horde.
Page 350 - Lad its glebe with serfs to furnish soldiers and horses. According to the Cathayan military system each free soldier had to provide himself with three horses, and with saddle, saddle-cloth, and horse-armour of iron or hide according to his means ; one servant for foraging, and one to look after his kit ; four bows, 400 arrows, long and short spears, ax, hatchet, hammer, awl, a small flag, flint and steel, jug, ration-bag, hook, piece of felt, and umbrella ; also 200 feet of rope and a peck of parched...

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