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In this chapter, Timour / Tamerlane leads a Central Asian army to victory in Persia, Georgia, Tartary, Russia, India, Syria, and Anatolia, capturing the Ottoman sultan Bajazet (Bayezid I). But his conquests disintegrate when he dies, and the Ottoman Turks rebuild their realm and besiege Constantinople (on this occasion, unsuccessfully). See also reflections on war and peace, the dangers of iced water, the sultan in an iron cage, variant rules of chess, why good governance is not enough, and the Moghul Empire.


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Oct. 9th, 2011 04:22 pm (UTC)
Re: the ice water. While I can't remember which book it is exactly, I swear there's at least one fiction book written even later than this where the over-eager drinking of ice water is blamed for a minor character's death by stroke.
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