Mongols, Huns & Vikings

Mongols, Huns & Vikings

Hugh Kennedy


They have been history's most famed and ferocious warriors. From the Huns to the Mongols, successive waves of nomadic horsemen swept out of the nice steppes of relevant Asia and wreaked havoc at the static civilizations of Europe, India, and China. How have been they such a success? And, what have been the bounds in their powers? An esteemed professor--who focuses on Arabic and medieval studies--reveals simply how "underdeveloped" societies spawned such nice generals, from Attila to Genghis Khan; how nomadic Arabs swarmed from the barren region within the seventh century to carve out an empire that stretched from Spain to the chinese language frontier; why the Mongols did not triumph over Europe; and the place these particular, seaborne raiders, the Vikings, healthy into this story.

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