Today in Caucasian history: the Battle of the Terek River (1395)

The collapse of the Mongolian empires in the 14th century was almost as destabilizing to geopolitics as the Mongolian invasions had been in the 13th century. In fact when you juxtapose the dates like that it makes a pretty good argument for treating the invasions and the collapse as all one big century-long disruption rather … Continue reading Today in Caucasian history: the Battle of the Terek River (1395)

Today in South Asian history: the Battle of Delhi (1398)

The Turco-Mongolian warlord Timur is usually portrayed as a fairly one-dimensional figure, a brutal conqueror who had no broader ambitions beyond building piles of his enemies’ skulls and amassing a vast empire. He’s usually just lumped into a collection of Asiatic despots in a line starting with Genghis Khan, or Attila the Hun if you … Continue reading Today in South Asian history: the Battle of Delhi (1398)