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Tamerlane Sword of Islam Conqueror of the World

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Harper Collins (2004)
  • ISBN-10: 000711611X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007116119
  • ASIN: B005URB8CM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,259,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For we Europeans, mediaeval history prior to the age of the great explorations tends to revolve around our own neck of the woods, possibly because what happened here was to shape the world as we know it, and continues to do so. However, at the time, when Europe was ploughing its own little furrow, momentous events that utterly dwarfed European ones were taking place elsewhere. To the east, in what contemporary Europeans regarded as barbarian territory, there arose and fell great and terrible empires and great cities bulging with wealth and sophistication, and there took place great battles (making contemporary European ones look like minor street brawls) and astounding military feats.
This book tells the story of the greatest of the Asian conquerors, Temur, derogatorily nicknamed "Tamerlane" (Temur the Lame, after a wound sustained in youth). Tamerlane was a military genius, a patron of the arts and architecture, a devout follower of Islam (when it suited his purposes) and a conqueror of astounding cruelty and barbarism (when he deemed people needed to be taught a lesson - he was a great believer in pyramids of heads as an educational tool). At his zenith, he ruled an empire that extended from the borders of Europe to those of China. The former was spared conquest because it didn't have enough booty to be worth the trouble, the latter because Tamerlane died en route to there. As the empire revolved around this one man (the Mongol and Tatar conquerors weren't big on establishing permanent institutions), it fell apart after his death, Its final flowering was in the supremely civilised Mughal Empire of India, which was to endure in one form or another until the 19th century.
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This is an interesting book about a fascinating and under-exposed topic. The tale of Temur is indeed great and is on a comparable level to Napolean, Alexander etc In addition to this Marozzi generaly writes well, although the prose is occasionaly a little stop-go. Just a few gripes which prevented the 4th star. Firstly much of the historiography (sorry if thats not the right word) is quite superficial, there is little analytical depth. Secondly there is too much desciption of minute architectural detail, personally i am not that interested in the exact decoration of every single one of the palaces/monuments/tmples construted by Temur, then again others may find this fascinating. Lastly Marozzi often weaves contemporary narrative and information concerning his experiences of the area and whilst this is sometimes interesting, broadly speaking it detracts from the history.
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The empire of Tamerlane stands alongside that of Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan as the greatest conquests by one ruler. Together with Genghis and perhaps Ivan the Terrible, Tamerlane is also one of the great butchers of history before the twentieth century.

However, beyond the rarely staged play by Marlow, Tamer's place in history had been largely neglected. With the assistance of few source materials, but with the benefit of travelling through central asia to cities such as Herat, Samarkand, Damascus etc, Marozzi has written a compelling account of this extraordinary ruler, which I would recommend to anyone with an interest in history or indeed in contemporary politics. Whilst the savagery of Tamerlane's conquests are well captured, Marozzi also makes an interesting case for the cultural impact of Tamerlane and his beloved capital Samarkand.
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This is a very good book, a highly efficient biography (in so far as this can be achieved) and history of the Emperor Timur/Tamerlane, about whose astonishing conquests in vast swathes of central Asia, India, and the borders of Europe and China too little is generally known. Interspersed with these are Marozzi's impressions of modern cities in present-day Uzbekistan, such Samarkand, Shakrisabh and Bokhara, to give some relief from the history of brutal sieges and massacres, and some sense of Timur's legacy (although, having recently travelled to the country, I can say that these impressions from before 2004 already seem a little dated).
The writing style is readable and lively, making effective use of near-contemporary sources like Arab historians or the Spaniard Clavijo. The analysis of both the reasons for Timur's staggering military successes (rewarding his troops well, exploiting the element of surprise and a range of ingenious ruses, as well as instilling utter terror among his enemies),and the other sides to his character (intellectual interests and architectural ambition)make for a balanced assessment.
Plenty to commend it, then, but for me a less impressive book than travel writing on the area,such as by Colin Thubron, which manages to be more evocative of today's Central Asian places and persons, or than histories of neighbouring powers, such as Michael Axworthy's impressive history of Iran. And the battles and massacres, though very vivid at times (the Indian campaign) do sicken the reader. Four stars, not five - good but not great.
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I found the book to be compelling when it is being factual - the stories of the battles, for example, had me glued to the page. In fact, I was left hungry for more information of this type.

But when discussing the legacy of Temur, the text is too verbose, too flowery in its language and several pages too long, for my liking anyway. And the switch between the two types of text is often abrupt, which I found very frustrating.
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