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Warriors Of The Steppe: Military History Of Central Asia, 500 B.C. To 1700 A.D.

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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 ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 8th 2001 by Da Capo Press (first published 1997)
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Paul Schulzetenberg
Apr 24, 2012 Paul Schulzetenberg rated it liked it
Warriors of the Steppe is dry, but informative, following in the proud tradition of history books. That said, it tells a reasonably comprehensive of the history of nomadic steppe peoples, which is not easy when you have 1200 years to cover.

The standards are all here, from the rapid expansion of the Mongols to the vicious fleeting rule of Tamerlane. You get treatises on known steppe tactics, and how recurve bows were made and why they resulted in success on the battlefield.

The best parts are when
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Shane
Aug 31, 2012 Shane rated it really liked it
A very solid, easily read book on the nature of nomadic horse tribes of the last few millenia. The Huns, Mongols, Manchus, and others share many core traits that enabled them to raid and conquer vast areas until the development of relatively modern gunpowder weapons. Most students of history will find this book educational and somewhat entertaining.
else fine
Aug 05, 2009 else fine rated it really liked it
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Clear and succinct - a pleasure to read.
Helen
Aug 28, 2012 Helen rated it liked it
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Recommended to Helen by: No-one.
I enjoyed reading this book about the world of the Central Asian and Mongolian steppe warriors, and their campaigns into Russia, China, Europe and the Mid-East. It's well-written and not too technical, and certainly conjures up the life of these nomadic peoples, who would occasionally join together to launch attacks on other nomadic groups or settled peoples. The Mongols or related nomadic groups at different times were raiding into areas as far afield as India, Poland and France. This book goes ...more
Elissa
Apr 01, 2016 Elissa rated it did not like it
noticed several factual errors in the chapter on Scythians. one glaring error is that he stated Scythians kept the bow and arrows in separate cases when they were in fact known for keeping them together in a single case.
This author is not a historian, he is a lawyer!
he also seems quite disrespectful of the nomads. he refers to them as primitive, barbaric and uncivilized.
I stopped reading when I encountered this opinion: "it is difficult to image Sarmatians using women in actual combat" (this i
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Bubba
Sep 13, 2008 Bubba rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: military history folks
If you know nothing about steppe cultures and are interested primarily in military matters, this isn't a bad read. the author has some good discussions of the weaponry of the steppe people and their startegy/tactics. In particular, he makes substantive, technical comments on their use of the bow and the horse. However, the dude is a Europhile all the way. He seems much more at home describing the crusaders, Romans, etc. than their steppe foes. His use of sources in Latin and French is ...more
Thieluar
Dense, but I loved every part of it. He takes data from several sources and shows you how the warriors of the steppe remained the same through all history and how much havok this caused. They perfected their life according to their landscape and with that attacked Europe, China, Russia and the Middle east. Their strategies are discussed thoroughly and much attention to giants like Chinggis Khan and Tamerlane.
Hunter
Aug 02, 2008 Hunter rated it really liked it
I thought the book was good at showing striking similarities that all steppe cultures have shared. I found it particularly interesting to read about the internal weaknesses or other political developments within both the "victim" states and the steppe people's states that influenced the outcome of the confrontation.
Ty
Oct 06, 2012 Ty rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A decent history of Central Asian Steppe warriors. It spends probably too much time talking about Europe. And its analysis is pretty pathetic at times. And the writing sucks. But the descriptions of battles and tactics and weapons are cool.
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