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Cumans and Tatars : Oriental Military in the Pre-Ottoman Balkans, 1185-1365 - Istvan Vasary

Cumans and Tatars

Oriental Military in the Pre-Ottoman Balkans, 1185-1365

Hardcover Published: 25th April 2005
ISBN: 9780521837569
Number Of Pages: 248

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The Cumans and the Tatars were nomadic warriors of the Eurasian steppe who exerted an enduring impact on the medieval Balkans. With this work, Istvan Vasary presents an extensive examination of their history from 1185 to 1365. The basic instrument of Cuman and Tatar political success was their military force, over which none of the Balkan warring factions could claim victory. As a consequence, groups of the Cumans and the Tatars settled and mingled with the local population in various regions of the Balkans. The Cumans were the founders of three successive Bulgarian dynasties (Asenids, Terterids and Shishmanids) and the Wallachian dynasty (Basarabids). They also played an active role in Byzantium, Hungary and Serbia, with Cuman immigrants being integrated into each country's elite. This book also demonstrates how the prevailing political anarchy in the Balkans in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries made it ripe for the Ottoman conquest.

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"Vasary's written English is impressive" - the International History Review Paul Stephenson, University of Wisconsin at Madison "Istvan Vasary's admirable book attempts to shed new light on the relatively neglected topic of the impact of the Eurasian nomadic tribes, the Cummans and the Tartars, on the Balkan region from the twelfth through the fourteenth centuries. The book's strength lies in its ambitious attempt to connect the histories of several Balkan lands to each other and link them to the activities of the invading steppe nomads in the area...an important contribution to the history of the medieval Balkans and should be welcomed by both specialists and non-specialists alike." Michael Pesenson, Slavic and East European Journal

Cumans and the second Bulgarian empire
Cumans in the Balkans before the Tatar conquest (1241)
The first period of Tatar influence in the Balkans (1242-1282)
The heydays of Tatar influence in the Balkans (1280-1301)
Cumans and Tatars on the Serbian scene
Cumans in Byzantine service after the Tatar conquest (1242-1333)
The Tatars fade away from Bulgaria and Byzantium (1320-1354)
The emergence of two Romanian principalities in Cumania (1330, 1364)
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ISBN: 9780521837569
ISBN-10: 0521837561
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 25th April 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.77 x 15.55  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.58