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TTC - The Barbarian Empires of the Steppes

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From antiquity through the Middle Ages, nomadic warriors repeatedly emerged from the steppes, exerting direct and indirect pressure on sedentary populations and causing a domino effect of displacement and cultural exchange.



Consider these turning points set into motion by steppe nomads, each of which reverberates still:

The fall of the Roman Empire can be blamed at least in part on the Huns.
Christians of Asia Minor converted to Islam after the clergy fled the nomadic Turks.
The Mongol sack of Baghdad destroyed the city and its role in the Muslim world.

The spread of Buddhism and trade followed the Silk Road, which allowed cultural exchange between nomads and settled zones across Eurasia.





An Epic Thousands of Years in the Making

Opening in antiquity on the western steppes known as the Pontic-Caspian, this course first introduces you to the Indo-Europeans as it illuminates how the harsh environment of the steppes led nomadic populations to develop a way of life hearty in hunting and war.








trace the dispersion of Indo-European speakers across Europe, western Eurasia, and India, while examining the linguistic legacy of this migration;
encounter political confederations of nomads capable of challenging the great urban literate civilizations of Eurasia;
witness the creation of an early global economy and struggles to control trade along the legendary Silk Road; and
learn why Nestorian Christianity, Manichaeism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, and, most of all, Buddhism, were appealing to steppe nomads.


A Portrait of Barbarians beyond Brutality





the domestication of the horse and the invention of light chariots by the Indo-Europeans gave the nomads a military edge and allowed for stock raising and the mobility of families;
the Scythians ushered in an era of cavalry warfare by perfecting the saddle;
Islamic Turks maintained a policy of protection toward Christians and Jews;
Genghis Khan used Chinese engineers and mapmakers to help his army conquer the Jin Empire and Transoxiana; and
Turkish rulers and the conqueror Tamerlane adopted the distinct architecture originated by the Samanid emirs, Islamizing the cities of Transoxiana.
You may also be surprised to learn of the relationships some of these tribes had with the Greek world and the great Roman and Persian empires, or to see how steppe nomads even built great states within the wider Mediterranean world. This is particularly true of the Parthians, who created the first nomadic empire in the Near East.



The Epitome of All Steppe Empires





An Unparalleled Learning Opportunity





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1
Steppes and Peoples
2
The Rise of the Steppe Nomads
3
Early Nomads and China
4
The Han Emperors and Xiongnu at War
5
Scythians, Greeks, and Persians
6
The Parthians
7
Kushans, Sacae, and the Silk Road
8
Rome and the Sarmatians
9
Trade across the Tarim Basin
10
Buddhism, Manichaeism, and Christianity
11
Rome and the Huns
12

13
Sassanid Shahs and the Hephthalites
14

15
Turkmen Khagans and Tang Emperors
16
Avars, Bulgars, and Constantinople
17
Khazar Khagans
18
Pechenegs, Magyars, and Cumans
19
Islam and the Caliphate
20
The Clash between Turks and the Caliphate
21
Muslim Merchants and Mystics in Central Asia
22
The Rise of the Seljuk Turks
23
Turks in Anatolia and India
24
The Sultans of Rum
25
The Sultans of Delhi
26
Manchurian Warlords and Song Emperors
27
The Mongols
28
Conquests of Genghis Khan
29
Western Mongol Expansion
30
Mongol Invasion of the Islamic World
31
Conquest of Song China
32
Pax Mongolica and Cultural Exchange
33
Conversion and Assimilation
34
Tamerlane, Prince of Destruction
35
Babur and Mughal India
36
Legacy of the Steppes

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