By Laurence Spring Opsrey
In the course of the Napoleonic Wars, the Cossacks have been Russia's specified and ample offer of abnormal cavalry. They have been hired as skirmishers, raiders and scouts, and their strategies of harassment and harrying brought on nice difficulties for Napoleon's Grand Arm?e because it retreated via Russia in 1812. This identify indicates how, even supposing labelled as rapacious, lascivious, mercenary and ill-disciplined at the box via their detractors, they laid declare to being the best mild cavalry in Europe. This publication additionally information many of the tribes that made up the Cossack kingdom, the social constitution of Cossack existence, and the way they have been organised and hired in conflict.
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It does not include the names of modern scholars. A general index, it is hoped, will appear after all the volumes have been published. For further details concerning the series and acknowledgments, see Preface to Volume I. EHSAN YAR-SHATER Page vii CONTENTS Preface v Abbreviations xi Translator's Foreword xiii Tables Table I. Genealogy of the Later Umayyads xix Table II. Genealogy of the Prophet's Family (The Shi`ah and the `Abbasids) xx Maps Map I. Khurasan xxi Map II. Transoxiana xxii Map III.
The Kitab al-`uyun wa-al-hada'iq fi akhbar al-haqa'iq, edited by M. J. de Goeje and P. de Jong under the title Fragmenta Historicorum Arabicorum (and abbreviated in this volume as Fragmenta) covers much of the material on the Umayyad caliphs. Many of the details of the relationship between Hisham and al-Walid and of the brief caliphate of al-Walid, provided by al-Tabari, are also to be found in al-Isfahani's Kitab al-Aghani and al-Baladhuri's Ansab al-Ashraf. The wording of the Ansab is almost always identical with that found in the later Fragmenta.
Ibn al-Nadim, I, 205-13; Sezgin, I, 268, 271; Duri, 146-48. al-Baladhuri, Ansab, 229-59; al-Isfahani, Maqatil 127-51; Ibn A`tham, V, 108-25; al-Ya`qubi, Historiae, II, 390-91; Frag- menta, 92-100; al-Mas`udi, Muruj, V, 467-71. Ibn al- Nadim, I, 216-19; Duri, 53-54; Sezgin, I, 272. Ibn al-Nadim, I, 68. the genealogical table of the `Alids. the genealogical table of the `Abbasids. He fell from power in 120 (738), so this incident must have occurred before that date. The men then took an oath before Hisham and he believed them.