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

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

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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  • 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...

  • 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 togeth...

  • 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 s...

  • 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 ...

  • Clear and succinct - a pleasure to read....

  • 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...

  • 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 perfecte...

  • 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 developm...

  • 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 b...

  • Neat, a little too broad in scope, and but they don't cite there sources....

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