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That some military leader took his opponent from the rear meaning his military outflanked him and won the battleThere s also a uestion about how much of the book holds up For example early in the book Grousset talks about the Hsiung Nu a Central Asian nomadic people who attacked the Chinese empire in the first century AD According to Chinese sources the Chinese fought the Hsiung Nu off and they exited Chinese history after being driven into Central Asia to the West of China Three hundred years later the Huns invade Europe from Western Asia Grousset claimed they are the same people having traveled across Asia During Those Three Hundred Years Passing Through those three hundred years passing through area where no one was recording history It s an interesting idea so I googled around and found out that the theory has not held up very well since this book was written Grousset makes a whole lot of claims throughout the book Obviously I did not check into most of them But the uestionable Hsiung Nu Huns claim made me wonder what else in the book might not have held upGrousset is also very conscious of which groups are Persian Mongol Turkic or Chinese But he refers to both the Kipchaks and the Uzbeks as Mongols when in fact they are both Turkic Again what else did he get wrongBut these are mostly uibbles when you consider the book as a whole The above uestions don t cut into his overall thesis that the history of Asia was governed by a cycle up until the modern era Settled cultures would be periodically invaded by nomadic people Sometimes the settled people would fight them off but the nomads had certain advantages nomads tended to be tougher because they came from a harsher environment and settled people had stuff to defend and a lot of times they would win and conuer the settled civilization Once they were in charge however the nomads would be seduced by the comforts of civilized life and adopt the culture of the conuered people Then they would becomes the settled culture ready for the next nomadic invasion who sometimes turned out to be their distant cousins Grousset fills the book with examples of Mongols and Turks going from the barbarian hordes threatening Persia and China to establishing dynasties that became Chinese or Persian This is a great synthesis work on the history of Central Asia that may never be superseded because great synthesis work on the history of Central Asia that may never be superseded because the challenges in learning all the necessary languages It must be understood that this is purely a political history There is no effort to touch social economic or demographic literary or architectural history The other GoodsRead reviewers who complained of the lack of maps pictures and other illustrations are highly ustified With very little trouble this excellent political history could have been transformed into a informative book for the amateur reader. Igures Attila Genghiz Khan and Tamberlain as they marched through ten centuries of history from the borders of China to the frontiers of the West Includes nineteen maps a comprehensive index notes and bibliograph.

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L'empire des steppes: Attila, Gengis-Khan, TamerlanThis is a very ambitious and impressive book I knew little about Central Asian history when I began reading and I learned a lot in the process The first section of the book is a pretty slow read It contains a wealth of information about many different tribes and cultures so it s very hard to absorb it all I m sure I ve retained only some small fraction but even that made it worth my time The second and third sections of the book form a coherent narrative because they focus on the Mongol Empire This a coherent narrative because they focus on the Mongol Empire This them somewhat less difficult to read but I still wouldn t call them easy Incidentally the author seems to be a bigger fan of Genghis Khan than most people It s showing its age but Grousset s work than most people It s showing its age but Grousset s work to be the definitive work on the topic and it still stands as an essential read The Empire of the Steppes a History of Central Asia by Rene Groussett Published in 1970 by RutgersI picked this book up two years ago because I had a vague interest in the steppes and Central Asia and I m really glad I did While it is an old book originally published in 1939 it is surprisingly sympathetic to the various tribes and races discussed There are some glaring word choices that reveal its age like using orientalist unironically but it didn t impact the overall reading experience It is an in depth and compelling overview of the steppes from early human history to the 18th century The first two chapters of the book are hard to get through especially for someone like me who didn t know anything about the region before reading the book I d actually recommend skipping the first two chapters and start with Genghis Khan as that is when Groussett s writing shines the brightestThis book is considered to be His biases are showing and I would really love to see someone re translate with a knowledge of all the material released form Mongolia since the fall of the USSR however I still give it four stars for its thoroughness on covering the topicNote I skimmed this for a research paper focusing on the late 13th century and early 14th century I doubt I can be objective on this book It was my first full scale history of the steppe my first real acuaintance with the life of Jenghiz Khan too as spelt in Grousset First published 1939 in print for its majestic sweep and grandeur the intellectual grasp of Grousset s original masterwork uniuely great That s from the forward to the 1970 edition in English and I might ust end my comments thereIt is a sweep of steppe history and captured my imagination his descriptions of steppe art his portrait of Jenghiz Khan and the latter s similarity to Attila I met Jenghiz Khan here and perhaps that s why I can t stand most biographies of him because he s as Grousset paints him at bottom to me It s a striking portrait and one not easily. While the early history of the steppe nomad is shrouded in obscurity The Empire of the Steppes brings to the general reader and the specialist the majestic sweep grandeur and the overriding intellectural grasp of. ,
Overwritten if Grousset s came firstSince he wrote in 1939 he has outdated knowledge and of course you have A huge brick of a book and one with no photos or drawings either though there can be found a map here and there For a translation and for an older volume written by found a map here and there For a translation and for an older volume written by well known scholar of his time as an academic history of this under researched portion of the world this book is fairly readable and interesting In places to be sure it will come across to the modern reader as dry or overly academic however it remains perhaps the very best one volume work on its topic and despite recent research in Central Asian studies no one can match the overall depth and scope of Grousset s efforts In places as was common to writers of the 19th and early 20th century in academic works Grousset fails to make all his details clear as when he desribes the artwork of wall hangings that depict animals engaged in wars and other anthropomorphic tasks he doesn t uite make clear whether these are in fact anima If you are interested in the history of the steppes or how and why Russia Iran China "Or The Rest Of The "the rest of the the world the steppes boarder this is a good primer but it is very academic It is very dry It covers 2500 miles east to west and a 1000 miles north to south It covers 2200 years of history from around 450 BCE to 1800 AD and the book covers this time and space uick Lots of really good background for the areas conuered by the Mongols This background gives one a in depth idea of why certain areas of interest had the history they had For me those area are Russia and PersiaIran Why these peoples have their ideas and how the Mongol invasions shaped those areas history are easier to understand after this read It is a dry one though Interesting and very helpful as it covers a lot of history and tends to relate events simply however the book is full of biases particularly an orientalist bias A big ambitious book that seeks to describe two thousand years of history of a vast area in only 542 pages It was dense writing but surprisingly readable Not that I absorbed everything But I found if I kept reading the story would wash over me I can t tell you much about most of the historical characters whose lives are recounted in the book but the book taught me a lot about the overall history of Central AsiaThere were some problems andor oddities with the book It was written in the 1930s and at places written in the 1930s and at places would show its age The book used the word orientalist without any negative connotation Grousset seemed to assume that ethnic groups and races had certain inherent characteristics that he talks about much openly than a modern author would He used a few turns of phrases that would not be used today because they have a sexual connotation eg numerous times he writes. Grousset's original Hailed as a masterpiece when first published in French in 1939 and in English in 1970 this great work of synthesis brings before us the great people of the steppes dominated by three mighty

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