We talk about why the Romans didn’t have more success in fighting the Turks. Was there a better way to fight the nomads? Or was it not really about tactics but strategy?
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Great episode! I have a couple requests for the next series of listener questions (they have to due with events closer to 1204). First, can you discuss the collapse of the Seljuk Empire and eventual rise of the Zengids, the Khwarazmians, the Ayyubids, and the Ghurids from their own perspective. Second, I have run across a theory that the tribal system in Mongolia was really a scheme of military organization by the decimal system that the rulers of each realm had varying levels of control over. This video explains it better than I could: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNMTbhIVCow. Do you think this applies to the Turkish tribes of Anatolia or is another system a better explanation? Finally, can you give a lay of the lands outside the “empire” in 1204 before the Mongol conquests begin?