While the early history of the steppe nomad is shrouded in obscurity, The Empire of the Steppes brings both the general reader and the specialist the majestic sweep, grandeur and the overriding intellectual grasp of Grousset's original. Hailed as a masterpiece when first published in French in 1939, and in English in 1970, this great work of ...Read MoreWhile the early history of the steppe nomad is shrouded in obscurity, The Empire of the Steppes brings both the general reader and the specialist the majestic sweep, grandeur and the overriding intellectual grasp of 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 people of the steppes, dominated by three mighty figures--Atilla, Genghiz Khan, and Tamberlain--as they marched through ten centuries of history, from the borders of China to the frontiers of the West. The book includes nineteen maps, a comprehensive index, notes, and bibliography. The late Rene Grousset was director of the Cernuschi Museum and curator of the Muse Guimet in Paris, a member of the French Academy and author of many works on Asia Minor and the Near East.Read Less
687 pages. Softcover. Brand new book. ASIA. While the early history of the steppe nomads is shrouded in obscurity, this obscurity lifts somewhat after their contact with cultures possessing written histories. But even when information about them becomes relatively more plentiful, linguistic ocmplexities makes its interpretation extremely difficult. Thus while the number of specialized studies devoted to them is impressive, general works embracing the many disciplines involved, or syntheses on a grand scale encompassing the sprawlinig history of the these peoples, are exceedingly scarce. Among these very few, The Empire of the Steppes is outstanding. The aim of this first English-language edition has been to make available a major work useful to the general reader as well as to the specialist, above all an edition which retrains the majestic sweep and grandeur, as well as the overriding intellectual grasp of Grousset's original. Translated into English from the French by Naomi Walford. Includes an Index. (Key Words: Steppes, Rene Grousset, Cental Asia, Naomi Walford, Peter Charanis, Yenisei River, Yulduz, Volga, Yellow River, Uigur, Turfan, Transoxiana, Tungus, Tashkent, Tibet, Syria, Talas, Tabriz, Shiraz, Samarkand, Rashid ad-Din, Peking, Qaidu, Otrar, Oirat, Nestorianism, Muscovy, Merv, Mogholistan, Lamaism, Lob Nor, Kuldja, Kublai, Khurasan, Khitan, Kashgar, Kashgaria, Jenghiz Khan, Issyk Kul, Ili, Ailah, Huns, Hopei, Fergana, Fars, Danube, Damascus, Christianity, Changan, Bukhara, Byzantine Empire, V. V. BAarthold, Lake Baikal, Azerbaijan, Baghda, Oxus, Amu Darya, Abbasids, Afghanistan).
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