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The Mongol Storm

Making and Breaking Empires in the Medieval Near East

Nicholas Morton

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John Murray
13 February 2024
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'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.

Imprint:   John Murray
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 128mm,  Spine: 32mm
Weight:   300g
ISBN:   9781399803571
ISBN 10:   1399803573
Pages:   432
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Nicholas Morton is a senior lecturer at Nottingham Trent University. The author or editor of ten books, Morton lives in Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom. His most recent book The Crusader States and their Neighbours is the winner of the Verbruggen Prize 2022.

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

Praise for Nicholas Morton: 'A riveting account of a battle that changed the course of the Crusades. Nicholas Morton captures the intensity, importance, and aftermath of the confrontation to produce a sparkling history of one of the key turning-points of the Middle Ages' -- Peter Frankopan, author of The Silk Roads: A New History of the World Deeply researched and elegantly written - essential reading -- Dan Jones Erudite, often thrilling and much-needed -- Daily Telegraph Brain-stretching . . . pulsating . . . irresistable . . . A reminder that the best history writing is eminently readable -- The Sunday Times 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 Sunday Times The most exciting study of the Mongols and their encounters with the peoples of the Near East I have ever read -- William Chester Jordan, Princeton University This expert study casts the Middle Ages in a new light -- Publishers Weekly For anyone who loves history, especially with military and diplomatic focuses -- Library Journal

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