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Mars Miniatures24 Aug 2022 1:45 p.m. PST

Anyone have essential wargaming books for the period?

I want to start wargaming Samarkand/Bukhara Sogdian City States, Umayyad Caliphates, Tibetans, Tang Chinese. I will be using 15mm Khurasan minis and Triumph rules.


Mars Miniatures24 Aug 2022 2:52 p.m. PST

Also, I do have these 2 books on the way:

Empire of the Steppes: A History of Central Asia by Professor René Grousset

Empires of the Silk Road: A History of Central Eurasia from the Bronze Age to the Present by Christopher I. Beckwith

JAFD2624 Aug 2022 5:04 p.m. PST

You may want to take a look at Julian Romane's,
RISE OF THE TANG DYNASTY: The Reunification of China and the Military Response to the Steppe Nomads (AD 581-626)

Mars Miniatures24 Aug 2022 6:50 p.m. PST

@JAFD26, thanks buddy!

GurKhan25 Aug 2022 3:16 a.m. PST

Christopher Beckwith's earlier book "The Tibetan Empire in Central Asia" is now available in paperback, and is a great book.

You might be able to get hold of Karl Heinz Ranitzsch's Montvert book "The Army of Tang China" for less than a fortune, though it is out of print.

For the Islamic side I liked MA Shaban's "Islamic History: A new interpretation" (two volumes, 1970s, in paperback) which concentrates quite a bit in Central Asia.

And anything by Hugh Kennedy, especially "The Armies of the Caliphs".

Stosstruppen25 Aug 2022 4:09 a.m. PST

I liked Empires of the Silk Road better than The Tibetan Empire in Central Asia. I though the latter, despite its title, spent way too much time on the Turkic tribes rather than the Tibetans. I came away with not much more knowledge of the Tibetans than when I started. That Montvert Tang book I bet is super though. I'll need to find me a copy.

Mars Miniatures25 Aug 2022 4:49 a.m. PST

@GurKhan, nice my Silk Road book collection is off to a nice start. Luckily, I was able to get a copy of "The Army of Tang China" at a reasonable price.

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