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Mongols, Turks, and Others: Eurasian Nomads and the Sedentary World
The interaction between the Eurasian pastoral nomads - most famously the Mongols and Turks - and the surrounding sedentary societies is a major theme in world history. Nomads were not only raiders and conquerors, but also transmitted commodities, ideas, technologies and other cultural items. At the same time, their sedentary neighbours affected the nomads, in such aspects ...more
Hardcover, 550 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by Brill Academic Publishers
(first published October 31st 2004)
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A hodgepodge of essays. Patchy - for me - but the one by Gideon Shelagh I think a quiet revolution. It's about steppe identity, nomad ideology (uses those phrases) and concludes that the decision to go nomad was often a 'political strategy'. That is, on the hoof you were free.