Subotai the Valiant: Genghis Khan's Greatest General

Subotai the Valiant: Genghis Khan's Greatest General

by Richard A. Gabriel
     
 

This book tells the story of Subotai the Valiant, one of the greatest generals in military history, surely the equal of Hannibal and Scipio in tactical brilliance and ranking right along with both Alexander and Caesar as a strategist. Subotai commanded armies whose size, scale, and scope of operations surpassed all of the commanders of the ancient world. Under his

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This book tells the story of Subotai the Valiant, one of the greatest generals in military history, surely the equal of Hannibal and Scipio in tactical brilliance and ranking right along with both Alexander and Caesar as a strategist. Subotai commanded armies whose size, scale, and scope of operations surpassed all of the commanders of the ancient world. Under his direction and command, Mongol armies moved faster, over greater distances, and with a greater scope of maneuver than any army had ever done before. His legacy lives to the present day, for much of the theory and practice of modern military operations was first used by Subotai. The modern emphasis on speed, maneuver, surprise, envelopment, the rear battle, the deep battle, concentration of firepower, and the battle of annihilation all emerged as tactical skills first practiced by this great Mongol general.

Subotai died at age 73, by which time he had conquered 32 nations and won 65 pitched battles, as the Muslim historians tell us. For 60 of those years, Subotai lived as Mongol soldier, first as a lowly private who kept the tent door of Genghis himself, rising to be the most brilliant and trusted of Genghis Khan's generals. When Genghis died, Subotai continued to be the moving force of the Mongol army under his successors. It was Subotai who planned and participated in the Mongol victories against Korea, China, Persia, and Russia. It was Subotai's conquest of Hungary that destroyed every major army between the Mongols and the threshold of Europe. Had the great Khan not died, it is likely that Subotai would have destroyed Europe itself.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275975821
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
178
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrationsix
Prefacexi
1Subotai the Valiant1
2The Mongol War Machine25
3The Wars against the Chin47
4Hurricane from the East69
5The Great Cavalry Raid89
6The Attack on the West105
7The Mongol Military Legacy127
8Postscript: The Lessons of Mongol Warfare137
Notes143
Further Reading151
Index155

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