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Start your review of Attila and the Nomad Hordes Write a review Shelves: research An excellent early primer for those who are looking for the broad outlines of steppe nomad history.
Go elsewhere for indepth information on any of the several "hordes"covered in this book. As always, the illustrations are exceptional. Nov 01, Michael Smith rated it really liked it Nicolle is an academic with a Ph. Osprey specializes in slender, highly focused volumes that concentrate on arms and armor and uniforms in the later periods of specific units or cultures, and with a good deal of well-founded technical detail, but when Nicolle is the author -- Nicolle is an academic with a Ph.
And while they were consumate horsemen, they also were perfectly willing to fight as infantry when the situation called for it. However, where the Mongols imposed a strict rule of law on their conquered territory and promoted trade with the West, Attila was a one-off.
As in most nomadic cultures, a leader was not accorded divine status. Rather, he covers the period from the mid-5th to the early 13th centuries, dividing the ebb and flow of nomadic incursions into four waves. And there were a great many peoples involved in this process, who had many things in common but who also displayed numerous differences, not only in origin and language and religion, but in strategic style and immediate goals, including the Hsiung, Kushans, Sogdians, Sassanians, Avars one of the most successful and influential in the West , Bulgars who also came and stayed , Uighurs, Khazars who converted to Judaism , Khirgiz, Kipchaks early Mongols , Pechengs, and, of course, numerous varieties of Turks.
Angus McBride, a very talented military artist and illustrator, provides a section of color plates, as he has for a large number of Osprey volumes.
Attila and the Nomad Hordes
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