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Warriors of the Steppe: Military History of Central Asia, 500BC - 1700AD e-book

Author:

Erik Hildinger

Language:

English

Category:

History

Subcategory:

Asia

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1592 kb

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Rating:

4.3

Publisher:

Spellmount Publishers Ltd; 1st Edition edition (July 1997)

Pages:

288

ISBN:

1873376731

Warriors of the Steppe: Military History of Central Asia, 500BC - 1700AD e-book

by Erik Hildinger


Erik Hildinger has written on ancient and medieval military history for a number of publications. It would be more accurate if renamed "A Military History of the Impact of Central Asian Warfare on Medieval European Arms and Fighting Strategy"

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. It would be more accurate if renamed "A Military History of the Impact of Central Asian Warfare on Medieval European Arms and Fighting Strategy". Hence, there is more text devoted to European knights, weapons and armor than the ones of Magyars, Avars, and Turko/Mongol states. It also gets sidetracked in this direction often. For example, the beginning of a chapter states: " This is not a detailed or even cursory discussion of the Crusades".

Hildinger's history of the Warriors of the Steppe makes one wonder why one of the various tribes did not conquer . Hildinger's book is marvellous, and I recommend it to my students as an example of how warfare should be analysed and history should be written.

Hildinger's history of the Warriors of the Steppe makes one wonder why one of the various tribes did not conquer Europe. It reminds one that Europe played a minor, or at least not as important a role, as one might of learned. The book is straight forward and describes the military tactics that allowed the Steppe Warriors to beat all in their path. 6 people found this helpful.

The steppe warriors picked off their enemies from afar and neutralized the knight without having to face the fury of a charge.

ISBN: 978- 1885119438. The steppe warriors picked off their enemies from afar and neutralized the knight without having to face the fury of a charge. Furthermore, steppe cultures, like the Mongols, assimilated and recruited conquered nations with ease. Genghis Khan and Timur Lenk perfected the multi-faceted strategy of calculated terror with astonishing results. However, the steppe warriors, like any other military group, were not invincible.

Warriors of the steppe written by Erik Hildinger is mark of nomads history. This book introduces the stories of nomad's military abilities and epidodes through Eurasia from ancient time to modern time.

Warriors Of The Steppe book. Hildinger does his best to at least highlight all of the major Steppe A very well done, if somewhat cursory, look into the history of the martial steppe peoples. Despite the subtitle, the book is less a military history of Central Asia, though that is touched upon, than it is a treatise on the Steppe way of warfare. Hildinger does a fine job in displaying the differences in form and function of nomadic as opposed to sedentary (nomadic and sedentary being the civilizational types) warfare.

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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.

book by Erik Hildinger. 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.

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From Attila the Hun through Genghis Khan, this is a study of the warrior peoples of Central Asia who, from France to China, destroyed all in their path, in pursuit of wealth, for more than 1000 years.
Danskyleyn
This is an introduction to the history of the Eurasian steppe. The author is mainly interested in warfare and mixes an outline history with discussions of horse archery and related matters. The Scythians were not Indo-Aryan. Darius did not go west after crossing the Danube. Xixia was not northwest of Chen. And so on. The book is an introduction or entertainment, not a reference.
Best West
Not much of a story to make history reading interesting to me.
JOIN
I like to classify this one as another gateway book. It gives a great overview of steppe peoples as a whole. Tells the story of their lifestyles and hardships. It shows how steppe lifestyles allowed them to be such great warriors and conquerors. Truly a great book about how and why things happened. A gateway book because of how it makes you want to research further the peoples described in it.

I'd like to add, that it was because of this book that I fully understand the concepts of the fears of the East,the "Russian Steamroller" and such. Even though the Russians were not steppe peoples, I can confidantly say that it is Western Civilization's experiences with Huns, Mongols, and other steppe peoples that have contributed to the fear of that "Eastern peril."
Shomeshet
Hildinger's is a wonderful introduction to the steppe tribes and their evolution from the Sarmations to the Manchus. For anyone new to the topic, this is the place to start. For an experienced steppe scholar, made not provide all the details but that was certainly not Mr. Hildinger's intention.
WinDImmortaL
Very informative treatment of a fascinating and little understood subject, especially in regard to the first of these tribes, the Scythians. These people, and their Indo-Aryan cousins the Pazyryks, Sarmatians, Medes, Persians, Alan's and Parni (Parthians) were very important to the development of the modern peoples of Europe and the Middle East.
Shadowbourne
The weakest aspect of this book is that the graphic reproductions are of uniformly atrocious quality, like photocopies made from old public library machines from the 80s. The portrait of Genghiz Khan is so dark his facial features are almost obscured. It's really a shame when these exact portraits and a much better description of the (still disputed) history of his life itself can be found in the public space (eg Wikipedia) and my desktop color printer can do a better job of reproducing them. A major omission is the lack of battlefield maps and diagrams to accompany the otherwise adequate description of major battles. In addition, at least the paperback version is printed on thin, low quality paper. For a reprinted work over a decade old, this lack of quality seems to be the major drawback.

The work is primarily concerned with the impact of central Asian weapons and fighting styles on Indo-European civilizations (Romans, Franks, Goths, French, Poles) rather than "A Military History of Central Asia" per se, as subtitled. It would be more accurate if renamed "A Military History of the Impact of Central Asian Warfare on Medieval European Arms and Fighting Strategy". Hence, there is more text devoted to European knights, weapons and armor than the ones of Magyars, Avars, and Turko/Mongol states. It also gets sidetracked in this direction often. For example, the beginning of a chapter states: " This is not a detailed or even cursory discussion of the Crusades". This chapter on the Seljuks is then focuses completely on Crusader history and battles. Most of the action in the book thus takes place away from the "Steppe" that is a part of the title itself.

The book is also thin on modern scholarship, and relies too much on ancient accounts (Roman, Byzantine) rather than current debate and recently available post-Soviet sources on Mongol history. References are sparse, with entire chapters being based on only 2-3 sources. The focus is on obvious developments such as the mounted archers and stirrups, but fails to include organizational and cultural traits that lent themselves well to conquest versus administration on and off the field. I applaud using simple, direct language in describing historical events, but the line has to be drawn when it is written at the level and style of a high-school book report!

Lastly, the text is replete with factual and spelling errors. The Ottoman sultan that fought Timur Lenk is referred to as "Bayazet" and his moniker is spelled "Yildirin", whereas the accepted Western and Turkish versions of his name are Bayezid and Beyaz?t, respectively. His nickname, "Yildirim", means "thunderbolt" in modern Turkish and the spelling could be verified using any online dictionary. Perhaps this book is not representative of editing standards at Da Capo Books, but these sorts of errors and the continual reference to medieval ways of spelling the names of the personages might get in the way of enjoying the discourse. In addition to these small errors, I noted an egregious error about Gengiz Khan's family, a central theme of any book on Asian steppe warfare. On p. 131, the chapter opens with the sentence "Upon the death of Chinggis Khan in 1227, the office of Khagan, or Great Khan, went to his second-eldest son, Occodai, in accordance with his wishes". While it is true that Ögedei was Genghiz Khan's favorite and successor, it is universally accepted that he was the third oldest, after his brothers Jochi and Chagatai. Although there is some controversy as to the true father of Jochi since Temujin's wife had been held captive by the Merkits for two months during the purported time of conception, the Great Khan accorded Jochi the proper status of a firstborn (perhaps in deference to his first and favorite wife Börte) and all sources concur that Ögedei was the third-born son of Temujin and Börte.

This is the first book (out of >100) that I had to actually return to Amazon for a refund.

I still can't give it one star though, since I did learn one bit of useful information about the making of the famous curved Turkish/Mongol composite bow of wood, sinew and bone that set world distance records for centuries.
Morlunn
Excellent book on Ancient history .
When East meets West and shaped the World History forever
This book covers great spans of time and geography and illuminates little discussed, but important and interesting, stretches of history. I found it an easy read, despite the complexity and many characters.

The only downside is that more detailed maps, and perhaps a timeline, would have been useful.

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