This book tells the fascinating story of the battle of the Kalka River, the culmination of Ghengis Khan's reconnaissance expedition into Russia of 1221. The consequences for the history of Europe were incalculable. The decisive Mongol victory over a combined Russian and Kipchaq army at the battle of the Kalka River opened up vast regions of Russia and Christian Eastern Europe to Mongol conquest. On orders from Ghengis himself the victorious Mongols returned eastwards, delaying the final cataclysm by a few years. However, the Russians were incapable of strengthening their defences enough to withstand the later attacks. As a result Russia fell under what historians call 'the Mongol yoke' for several centuries. In 1227 Ghengis died but the victory at the Kalka River was followed within 14 years by a Mongol invasion of Eastern Europe and even more disastrous defeats. Only the death of the Ogatai, son and successor of Ghengis, saved Europe from Mongol domination.
Buy Kalka River 1223 book by David Nicolle from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.
(248mm x 184mm x 9mm)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Country of Publication:
Author Biography - David Nicolle
Dr David Nicolle was born in 1944 and worked for the BBC, including the overseas broadcasting Service before returning to university, obtaining his PhD in Edinburgh. He subsequently taught at Yarmouk University in Jordan, since which he has contributed a substantial number of Osprey titles. He is a specialist in medieval arms and armour and has written several hardback books as well as numerous articles for specialist journals. He has also presented papers at many international conferences. Victor Korolkov was born in 1958, at Khabarovsk in Russian Siberia. He studied in the Faculty of Painting at the K.A. Savitskiy Art College in Penza. From 1985 to 1990 he continued his studies in the Kharkhov Art-Industrial Institute. He is now one of the best-known Russian illustrators, particularly for his work on the Pagan Rus, and in 1999 he became a member of the International Art Foundation.