The great nomad conqueror Tamerlane rose to power in 1370 in the ruins of the Mongol Empire and led his armies of conquest from Russia to India, from Turkestan to Anatolia. In this, the first full study of an extraordinary person, Beatrice Forbes Manz examines Tamerlane as the founder of a nomad conquest dynasty and as a supremely talented individual, raising many current questions about the mechanisms of state formation, the dynamics of tribal politics, and the relations of tribes to central leadership.
• Highly accessible account of a key figure in the history of conquest and warfare • Only available single-book, full account of this extraordinary individual • Good insight into tribal politics of the time
1. Introduction; 2. The Ulus Chaghatay in the mid fourteenth century; 3. Temür's rise to power: the politics of the Ulus Chaghatay; 4. Temür's army of conquest: the Ulus Chaghatay; 5. Temür's army of conquest: outsiders and conquered peoples; 6. Structure and function in Temür's administration; 7. The struggle for succession; 8. Conclusion; Appendix A. The powers of the Ulus Chaghatay; Appendix B. Members of Temür's family; Appendix C. The formal administrative structure; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
'It should be said at once that this is an excellent book.' Charles Melville, BSOAS
'In thirty years' time this book will still look like a turning point.' Peter Allen, Society for South Asia Studies
'Beatrice Manz has established the standards and criteria upon which all future studies of the warlord conqueror must be based.' John E. Woods, International Journal of Middle-East Studies