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Tango0104 Aug 2023 8:43 p.m. PST

…Ayn Jalut and Homs

"IN EARLY 1260, a huge Mongol field army crossed the Euphrates River and laid siege to Aleppo in modern-day Syria. Over the previous century, a number of armies had tried to conquer this massive commercial city by frontal assault and they had all failed. The crusaders tried repeatedly in the early 12th Century, but they never got inside the walls; it took Saladin almost a decade of raiding and negotiation to gain control. By contrast, the Mongols took Aleppo by storm in a matter of days. Soon afterwards, Hulegu (the Mongol commander) sent a flying column south to Damascus, which yielded without a fight.

By this stage the Near East was in the final stages of collapse. From the borders of the steppe country to the Mediterranean seaboard, the Mongols had overthrown the vast majority of the region's sultanates, empires and kingdoms or forced them to become client states paying an annual tribute…"

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DFLange Supporting Member of TMP05 Aug 2023 1:42 p.m. PST

Nice article. Made me interested in getting the book.

Tango0105 Aug 2023 3:11 p.m. PST

Happy for that…


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