The Rise and Rule of Tamerlane

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 25, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 231 pages
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The great nomad conqueror Tamerlane rose to power in 1370 in the ruins of the Mongol Empire and led his armies of conquest from Russia to India, from Turkestan to Anatolia. In this, the first full study of an extraordinary person, Beatrice Forbes Manz examines Tamerlane as the founder of a nomad conquest dynasty and as a supremely talented individual, raising many current questions about the mechanisms of state formation, the dynamics of tribal politics, and the relations of tribes to central leadership.
 

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You can't really call this a biography; Forbes Manz makes no attempt to portray Tamerlane (or Temür, as she prefers to write) the man beyond a few remarks about his intelligence, military acumen, and ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The Ulus Chaghatay in the mid fourteenth century
21
Temürs rise to power the politics of the Ulus Chaghatay
41
Temürs army of conquest the Ulus Chaghatay
66
Temürs army of conquest outsiders and conquered peoples
90
Structure and function in Temürs administration
107
The struggle for succession
128
Conclusion
148
The powers of the Ulus Chaghatay
154
Appendix B Members of Temürs family
166
The formal administrative structure
167
Notes
176
Bibliography
209
Index
217
Chronology
228
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