Mounted Archers of the Steppe 600 BC-AD 1300
Publication Date: September 23, 2004
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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.
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.