Mounted Archers of the Steppe 600 BC–AD 1300

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Mounted Archers of the Steppe 600 BC–AD 1300

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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.

Table of Contents

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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Published 25 Sep 2004
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781841768090
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 61 b/w; 8 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Elite
Short code ELI 120
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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