Mounted Archers of the Steppe 600 BC–AD 1300

Mounted Archers of the Steppe 600 BC–AD 1300

Elite 120
  • Author: Antony Karasulas
  • Illustrator: Angus McBride
  • Short code: ELI 120
  • Publication Date: 25 Sep 2004
  • ISBN: 9781841768090
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 64
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About this Product

For more than 2,000 years hordes of mounted nomadic archers from the vastness of the steppe and from Central Asia spewed out into China, the Middle East, and Europe. Feared and reviled, they were a formidable threat to the lands they invaded. Their influence on military history is incalculable: the whole foundation of late Classical and Medieval Western and Middle Eastern military thought was based on the reality of a highly mobile, tough and unconventional foe, one which could strike almost anywhere at will and with highly effective long-range weapons. This book details the history, weapons, equipment and tactics of these fascinating warriors.

Biographical Note

Antony Karasulas has an Honours degree in Ancient History from the University of New England. Since 2000 he has been studying Persian and improving his Ancient Persian in preparation for his PhD thesis which he is currently working at The Australian National University. His main area of interest is the field of Iranological and Central Asian studies with an emphasis on Steppe and Central Asian warfare. Antony lives and works in New South Wales, Australia.Angus McBride is one of the world's most respected historical illustrators, and has contributed to more than 90 Osprey titles in the past three decades. Born in 1931 of Highland parents but orphaned as a child, he was educated at Canterbury Cathedral Choir School. He worked in advertising agencies from 1947, and after national service, emigrated to South Africa. He now lives and works in Cape Town.


Introduction Eurasia, Central Asia and the Steppe - geography, climate, population centre Historical spectrum and tribal groups The bow and archery Other weapons - swords, lances, knives, lassoes The horse and equipment Nomadic life Steppe warfare Impact on farming communities Bibliography

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