Tuesday, May 17, 2016

lecture of the week

Empire of the Steppes.....


part 2 

part 3

part 4

part 5

I've only listened to number one, but it seems very desnse with facts... the early lectures have to do with China's struggles with these peoples and later ones go into the Muslim, Russian and eastern European parts of historyIt concentrates on their movement and wars

some of it overlaps the Silk Road lecture series on the Penn museum website, which emphasizes the trade and movement of ideas and stuff (including disease) through the flatlands of central Asia.

I find this fascinating, but have to listen/read these several times, because unlike ancient Greece/Bronze age, it is not something I studied in college so I have to start from scratch.

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