Warriors Of The Steppe: Military History Of Central Asia, 500 Bc To 1700 Ad

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Da Capo Press, Apr 29, 2009 - History - 288 pages
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The nomadic peoples of central Asia—Huns, Bulgars, Magyars, Mongols—are still known to us for their legendary fighters Attila, Genghis Khan, and Timur Lenk (Tamerlane), as well as for their feats of calculated brutality. (Timur Lenk would leave piles of severed heads in his conquered cities; another tribe sent nine sacks of ears to their khan.) Less studied is the remarkable effectiveness of their battle techniques: For two thousand years, these horse-archer armies were an unstoppable force to sedentary peoples, be they Romans, Crusaders, Chinese, or medieval. Erik Hildinger introduces the most important of these raiders as well as a host of other tribes and examines in detail their tactics, strategies, and weaponry—a form of highly mobile and defensive warfare that even armies of today can learn from.
 

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Contents

Nomads
6
Horse and Bow
16
Scythians and Sarmatians
34
The Huns
58
Avars Bulgars and Magyars
76
The Seljuks
92
The Rise of the Mongols
110
The Mongols Reach the West
132
The Mamluks
152
Timur Lenk
170
Crimean Tatars
198
The Manchus
220
Conclusion
238
Select Bibliography
244
Index
250
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Erik Hildinger has written on ancient and medieval military history for a number of publications. He was a practicing lawyer for many years and now teaches at the University of Michigan. He lives in Ann Arbor.

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