Early Riders: The Beginnings of Mounted Warfare in Asia and Europe / Edition 1

Early Riders: The Beginnings of Mounted Warfare in Asia and Europe / Edition 1

by Robert Drews, Drews Robert
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415326249

ISBN-13: 9780415326247

Pub. Date: 07/01/2004

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

It would be easy to make the link that once man learned to control the horse, it was a straightforward and relatively rapid step to using them as mounts for warfare. This assumption has spawned a great deal of scholarship but in his new book Robert Drews argues that many have made this link far too back in history. In this controversial study of when, where and why

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It would be easy to make the link that once man learned to control the horse, it was a straightforward and relatively rapid step to using them as mounts for warfare. This assumption has spawned a great deal of scholarship but in his new book Robert Drews argues that many have made this link far too back in history. In this controversial study of when, where and why military riding first took place, Drew refutes and disproves claims that date back to c.4000 BC. Instead, he presents evidence that, even though accomplished riding was in existence much earlier, military riding did not take place until c.900 BC. The list of contents explains the scope of the book, from 'Horsemeant' to 'Hoplites', as Drew presents archaeological, iconographic and textual evidence in support of his argument. The book ends by discussing the extent to which mounted riders posed a threat to the civilised world, beginning with the Kimmerians and Skythians, and how the advent of the hoplite put an end, albeit temporarily, to their influence.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415326247
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/01/2004
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

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