Nomadic Eurasian Empires in History Essay

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Although the most powerful nomadic influence over Eurasian politics, economics, and religion -- it was not the first.

The earlier Turkish nomadic factions coming from Central Asia also had heavy influences on both Asia and the rest of the world. During the Post-Classical Era, the Turks began to regain a new strength that once again threatened the European empires to the West. As the Turks grew more and more powerful, this power began to seriously impact both Asian and European politics during the time. The Middle East was greatly shaped, both politically and religiously, by theinfluence of the Turks, "Turkic groups later known as the Seljuks migrated into the Middle East, where they played an important role in Islamic civilization," (Invictus 1). This group of Turks strengthened the role of Islam as both a religion and a political policy within the region. As the area became increasingly dominated by Islamic principles, it created great tension between the Christian nations of Europe. The move into the Middle East by the Seljuks actually sparked the onslaught of the crusades, which were terrible and lengthy wars between the Christian states of Europe and the Muslim Turks who controlled much of the Middle East. The Christian forces of Europe spent years and many resources, including money and men, attempting to reclaim the Holy Land for Christianity. These wars are crucial to the tension felt between Muslim and Christian states today. In fact, "The migration of the Turks into Asia Minor also established the early foundations of the Ottoman empire," (Invictus 1). This later set the stage for further conflict between the Middle east and Western nations, along with solidifying the role of Islam in the region as a dominate power. However, not all Turks had Islamic religious influences within the regions they conquered. A later branch of the early Turk empire, the Khazarians "were also notably unique in their adoption of Judaism as their religion," (Invictus 1). This helped create Jewish roles within a typical Islamic power. The Turks also held powerful influences over the social sphere of both Eurasia and Eastern Europe. The Turks had set their eyes on Eastern Europe and later the Avars settled in Eastern Europe, forever changing the face of the Hungarian plains.

Without the various nomadic regimes that ruled over Eurasia during the Post-Classical period, the world would be completely different. Nationalities and religions would not have sprung up where they are prominent today. Trade would have not been opened to the extent that it had. It is interesting to wonder a settled world without the influence of such a nomadic people.

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Invictus, Imperator. "History of Central Asia: An Overview." All Empires. 2006. Retrieved 10 May…

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