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The Mongol Storm: Making and Breaking Empires in the Medieval Near East

Nicholas Morton

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East Asia, Far East, Mongol Empire, c 1000 CE to c 1500, Asian history, Middle Eastern history, Medieval history

An epic account tracing the rise of the Mongol Empire.

'Brain-stretching . . . pulsating . . . irresistable' The Sunday Times

'Deeply researched and elegantly written - essential reading' Dan Jones

'Erudite, often thrilling and much-needed' Daily Telegraph

How the Mongol invasions of the Near East reshaped the balance of world power in the Middle Ages.

For centuries, the Crusades have been central to the story of the medieval Near East, but these religious wars are only part of the region's complex history. As The Mongol Storm reveals, during the same era the Near East was utterly remade by another series of wars: the Mongol invasions.

In a single generation, the Mongols conquered vast swaths of the Near East and upended the region's geopolitics. Amid the chaos of the Mongol onslaught, long-standing powers such as the Byzantines, the Seljuk Turks, and the crusaders struggled to survive, while new players such as the Ottomans arose to fight back. The Mongol conquests forever transformed the region, while forging closer ties among societies spread across Eurasia.

This is the definitive history of the Mongol assault on the Near East and its enduring global consequences.

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Praise for The Mongol Storm: Making and Breaking Empires in the Medieval Near East

  • Deeply researched and elegantly written - essential reading

  • Erudite, often thrilling and much-needed

  • Brain-stretching . . . pulsating . . . irresistable . . . A reminder that the best history writing is eminently readable

  • Revelatory, lively and stocked with colourful personalities

  • An unusual blend of serious scholarship with a narrative drive as galloping as the ferocious Mongol cavalry whose repeated battlefield triumphs Nicholas Morton recreates with relish

  • The most exciting study of the Mongols and their encounters with the peoples of the Near East I have ever read

  • This expert study casts the Middle Ages in a new light

  • For anyone who loves history, especially with military and diplomatic focuses

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Nicholas Morton

Nicholas Morton is a senior lecturer at Nottingham Trent University. The author or editor of three books, Morton lives in Nottinghamshire, UK.

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