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)
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)
July 20, 1402: the Central Asian conqueror Timur defeats the young Ottoman Empire so decisively that the Ottomans are thrown into chaos for the next 11 years.
Hey, I've moved! If you enjoy this post you can find more of my writing at Foreign Exchanges, a Substack newsletter covering a variety of topics in history and foreign affairs. Check it out today and become a subscriber! Timur, a late-14th century Mongolian/Turkic warlord who tried to rebuild the Mongolian Empire and didn't care … Continue reading The Story of Timur and the Ant