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New Medieval Books: The Mongol Storm

The Mongol Storm: Making and Breaking Empires in the Medieval Middle East

By Nicholas Morton

Basic Books
ISBN: 981541616301

This book examines how the medieval Middle East was reshaped by the invasion of the Mongol Empire in the thirteenth century. In this story of war and politics, new groups would emerge while others, including the Crusaders, would lose it all.


This book offers a century-long reconstruction of the vast upheavals reshaping the Near East covering the period from 1218 to the mid-fourteenth century. It explores how the advent of Mongol rule intertwined with local agendas, setting forces in motion that would fundamentally reconfigure both the Near East itself and, in time, the broader history of our planet for centuries to come. The dramatic events of this era will be re-created from multiple perspectives, splicing the Mongols’ actions and aspirations with the experiences of many other civilisations from across the area.


Who is this book for?

Historians who focus on medieval political or military history will want to read this book, especially if they have an interest in the Mongols, Crusaders, Mamluks or the Middle Eastern region. Those wanting to read about the Global Middle Ages will also find this a good book with its convergence of several different groups and cultures.

The author

Nicholas Morton is an associate professor at Nottingham Trent University. You can also follow him on X/Twitter or Instagram.


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Nicholas Morton is also teaching a six-week online course: Mongol Invasion: Mamluks, Crusaders, and Mongols and the Struggle for the Middle East (1218- 1323). The first live session starts at 4:00 PM EST on Thursday, April 18, 2024.