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Whereas Attila’s Hun hordes lived on in the collective memory of central and western Europe long after their career in the 5th century CE, the Mongols made little or no impact in early modern sources. The Turkish armies represented a far more acute danger to Christendom (Turkish Wars). Only the campaign of conquest in western Asia by Tamerlane (Timur Lenk) around 1400 rekindled memories of the “Mongol storm” of the 13th century (e.g. in the Schedel'sche Weltchronik, 1493). Sources from eastern Europe see things very differently. Here, the Russian princedoms spent cen…

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Theobald, Ulrich, “Mongols”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 27 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_024227>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128

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