Nomads at War: 'Steppe Terror' in the Mongol and Manchu Conquests

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Title: Nomads at War: 'Steppe Terror' in the Mongol and Manchu Conquests
Creators: Di Cosmo, Nicola
Keywords: Mongols
Issue Date: 2005-04-06
Publisher: Ohio State University. Mershon Center for International Security Studies
Abstract: The mounted herdsmen of Central Asia have repeatedly formed cavalry armies that destroyed and dominated all enemies. Following in the path of the ancient Xiongnu, Turkish and Uighur empires, the Mongol tribes led by Genghiz Khan and his descendants are the best-known example, creating in the thirteenth century the largest land empire this world has ever known. Rooted in the same tradition of nomadic conquest, Timur the Lame created an empire in West Asia; Babur founded the Mughal empire in the sixteenth century; Nurhaci and his descendants (the Qing dynasty) conquered China in the seventeenth century, and Nadir Shah routed the Mughals in the eighteenth century.
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