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Xiongnu - Rise of Steppe Empires

XiongNu - Rise of Steppe Empires This episode is about the Steppe people, the nomadic tribes scattered along the Eurasian steppe. These people fascinate and excite history lovers of all kinds. The imagery they provoke is still alive and powerful, even though there is a big distance between our era and theirs. You probably all know about the Mongols, the massive conquest of much of Asia under their famous leader Genghis Khan in the 12th century is the stuff of legend or nightmares depending who you ask, but maybe you don’t know much about the Xiongnu. (Xiongnu map by Gabagool)  Introducion Often neglected, the Xiongnu were an important historical player. They’re basically proto-Mongols or the beta version of what evolved into superior nomadic lifestyle of Mongols and others like them. Xiongnu empire ruled much of Mongolia, Siberia and northern China from 3rd century BC to 1st century AD. Mongols just perfected the art which was already there. Xiongnu and other first steppe e

Episode 3: Xiongnu - Rise of Steppe Empires

In the third episode, we talk about the Xiongnu, pastoral nomads inhabiting the great Eurasian Steppe. They were an important yet often neglected player in the history of the overland Silk Roads. Join us in exploring the history, lifestyle, and language of these fascinating people, who some consider to be proto-Mongols. More info: Article :  Xiongnu - Rise of Steppe Empires