Barbarians at the Wall

Barbarians at the Wall The First Nomadic Empire and the Making of China

Paperback (23 Jan 2020) | English

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Synopsis

'Man does for the reader that most difficult of tasks: he conjures up an ancient people in an alien landscape in such a way as to make them live.' - Guardian

The people of the first nomadic empire left no written records, but from 200 BC they dominated the heart of Asia for 400 years. They changed the world. The Mongols, today's descendants of Genghis Khan, see them as ancestors. Their rise cemented Chinese unity and inspired the first Great Wall. Their heirs under Attila the Hun helped destroy the Roman Empire.

We don't know what language they spoke, but they became known as Xiongnu, or Hunnu, a term passed down the centuries and across Eurasia, enduring today in shortened form as 'Hun'. Outside Asia precious little is known of their rich history, but new evidence reframes our understanding of the indelible mark they left on a vast region stretching from Europe and sweeping right across Central Asia deep into China.

Based on meticulous research and new archaeological evidence, Barbarians at the Wall traces their epic story, and shows how the nomadic cultures of the steppes gave birth to a 'barbarian empire' with the wealth and power to threaten the civilised order of the ancient world.

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Corgi Books

Corgi Books

Corgi is an imprint of Transworld Publishers and publishes bestselling authors such as Jilly Cooper, Terry Pratchett, Frederick Forsyth and Andy McNab in paperback.

Book information

ISBN: 9780552174916
Publisher: Transworld
Imprint: Corgi Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 939.6
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 318 , 8 unnumbered of plates
Weight: 248g
Height: 203mm
Width: 129mm
Spine width: 22mm