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Note that the first such peoples from the Eurasian Steppes were the Germans (Goths in particular), so it wasn't the people themselves so much as something about the environment. The period in which this was occurring, roughly 400AD to 1350 (or Andrianople to the popularization of Gunpowder), is what historian Charles Oman referred to as The Age of Cavalry. ...
A few points help in answering your question: The History has a Selection Bias The first issue is: Is your question accurate? Keep in mind that we inherited most of our history from the European perspective. There were plenty of cases where Europeans went out and conquered other groups, and the Europeans were just as warlike. The difference is that it ...
For Mongols specifically, it was in part their unparallelled-till-20th-century tactical flexibility. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mongol_military_tactics_and_organization
You might also ask why these people from the steppes also created so much havoc in CHINA. Because they are really two sides of the same coin. In "economic" terms, there are two reasons: 1) "comparative advantage" and 2) "incentives." To use a model derived from Civilization II (I like to play the Russians and the Mongols on the "real world" map), there are ...
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