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BOOK REVIEW: Monguls, Huns & Vikings

Posted By Russ Lockwood, Thursday, August 15, 2019

Another from the MagWeb vault...

BOOK REVIEW: Monguls, Huns & Vikings

by Hugh Kennedy

The title should include "Arabs" and "Turks" as they make up one-third of the book, although the title would be too long. The theme running through the book centers on the rise and fall of the nomadic empires. They combined mobility, firepower, and ruthlessness to defeat "civilized" armies, but ultimately, could not offer the stability for technological prowess. The rise of gunpowder doomed them, and they fractured, faded away, or were forced to submit to other empires.

Kennedy offers a broad overview of each of these nomadic peoples, which is a good introduction. Obviously, it pales before a book about one of the peoples. For example, The Devils Horsemen (about Mongols) goes into far more depth than the portion of Monguls, Huns & Vikings devotes to Mongols. The two pair up fact-wise, but single topic books will usually carry more info then compilations. The illustrations are excellent and complement the text.

Like all books in the Cassell History of Warfare Series, you can't go wrong with a broad overview for an introduction to Monguls, Huns, Vikings, Arabs, and Turks.

Tags:  Dark Ages  Medieval 

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