The Barbarian Empires of the Steppes

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The Barbarian Empires of the Steppes

2014

Attila the Hun and Genghis Khan loom large in the popular consciousness as two of history's most fearsome warrior-leaders. Yet few people today are aware of their place in a succession of nomadic warriors who emerged from the...

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Kenneth W. Harl

In This Series

Steppes and Peoples
Episode 1
Steppes and Peoples
The Rise of the Steppe Nomads
Episode 2
The Rise of the Steppe Nomads
Early Nomads and China
Episode 3
Early Nomads and China
The Han Emperors and Xiongnu at War
Episode 4
The Han Emperors and Xiongnu at War
Scythians, Greeks, and Persians
Episode 5
Scythians, Greeks, and Persians
The Parthians
Episode 6
The Parthians
Kushans, Sacae, and the Silk Road
Episode 7
Kushans, Sacae, and the Silk Road
Rome and the Sarmatians
Episode 8
Rome and the Sarmatians
Trade across the Tarim Basin
Episode 9
Trade across the Tarim Basin
Buddhism, Manichaeism, and Christianity
Episode 10
Buddhism, Manichaeism, and Christianity
Rome and the Huns
Episode 11
Rome and the Huns
Attila the Hun - Scourge of God
Episode 12
Attila the Hun - Scourge of God
Sassanid Shahs and the Hephthalites
Episode 13
Sassanid Shahs and the Hephthalites
The Turks - Transformation of the Steppes
Episode 14
The Turks - Transformation of the Steppes
Turkmen Khagans and Tang Emperors
Episode 15
Turkmen Khagans and Tang Emperors
Avars, Bulgars, and Constantinople
Episode 16
Avars, Bulgars, and Constantinople
Khazar Khagans
Episode 17
Khazar Khagans
Pechenegs, Magyars, and Cumans
Episode 18
Pechenegs, Magyars, and Cumans
Islam and the Caliphate
Episode 19
Islam and the Caliphate
The Clash between Turks and the Caliphate
Episode 20
The Clash between Turks and the Caliphate
Muslim Merchants and Mystics in Central Asia
Episode 21
Muslim Merchants and Mystics in Central Asia
The Rise of the Seljuk Turks
Episode 22
The Rise of the Seljuk Turks
Turks in Anatolia and India
Episode 23
Turks in Anatolia and India
The Sultans of Rum
Episode 24
The Sultans of Rum
The Sultans of Delhi
Episode 25
The Sultans of Delhi
Manchurian Warlords and Song Emperors
Episode 26
Manchurian Warlords and Song Emperors
The Mongols
Episode 27
The Mongols
Conquests of Genghis Khan
Episode 28
Conquests of Genghis Khan
Western Mongol Expansion
Episode 29
Western Mongol Expansion
Mongol Invasion of the Islamic World
Episode 30
Mongol Invasion of the Islamic World
Conquest of Song China
Episode 31
Conquest of Song China
Pax Mongolica and Cultural Exchange
Episode 32
Pax Mongolica and Cultural Exchange
Conversion and Assimilation
Episode 33
Conversion and Assimilation
Tamerlane, Prince of Destruction
Episode 34
Tamerlane, Prince of Destruction
Babur and Mughal India
Episode 35
Babur and Mughal India
Legacy of the Steppes
Episode 36
Legacy of the Steppes