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Barbarians at the Wall: The First Nomadic Empire and the Making of China

Barbarians at the Wall: The First Nomadic Empire and the Making of China (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Man, John

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Outside Asia precious little is known of their rich history, but new evidence reframes our understanding of the indelible mark they left on a vast region stretching from Europe and sweeping right across Central Asia deep into China.

ISBN 9781787630536
Barcode 9781787630536
Published 18 June 2019 by Transworld Publishers
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781787630536
ISBN-10 1787630536
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Transworld Publishers
Imprint Bantam Press
Publication Date 18 June 2019
International Publication Date 13 June 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Man, John
Category World History: BCE To C 500 CE
Asian / Middle Eastern History
Archaeology
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 25mm
Weight 423g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Xiongnu Asian people, China - History - 221 BC-960 AD
NBS Text Ancient History
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 939.6
Catalogue Code 986243

Description of this Book

The people of the first nomadic empire left no written records, but from 200 BC they dominated the heart of Asia for 400 years. They changed the world. The Mongols, today's descendants of Genghis Khan, see them as ancestors. Their rise cemented Chinese unity and inspired the first Great Wall. Their heirs under Attila the Hun helped destroy the Roman Empire. We don't know what language they spoke, but they became known as Xiongnu, or Hunnu, a term passed down the centuries and across Eurasia, enduring today in shortened form as `Hun'. Outside Asia precious little is known of their rich history, but new evidence reframes our understanding of the indelible mark they left on a vast region stretching from Europe and sweeping right across Central Asia deep into China. Based on meticulous research and new archaeological evidence, Emperors and Barbarians traces their epic story, and shows how the nomadic cultures of the steppes gave birth to a `barbarian empire' with the wealth and power to threaten the civilised order of the ancient world.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Man does for the reader that most difficult of tasks: he conjures up an ancient people in an alien landscape in such a way as to make them live. * Guardian * His ability to put us in the picture, to feel, smell and almost touch the surroundings he describes, is matched by his ability to tell a good story. * Michael Palin *

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Author's Bio

John Man is a historian with a special interest in Asia and the nature of leadership. His books, published in over twenty languages, include bestselling biographies of Genghis Khan, Kublai Khan and Attila the Hun, as well as histories of the Great Wall of China, the Mongol Empire and the Amazons.

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