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Rainey 1 Kilie Rainey History 201 Research Paper March 17, 2011 aa5a1b7d2d2a5 3283c3ee9f37c7 145cbc9fe4d05. doc Attila “Scourge of God” I. Introduction Feared across the lands of what is today Europe and Asia, Attila the Hun ambitiously led the Hun army to conquer lands from their native Asia to modern day Europe in the 5 th century. This earned him the nickname “Scourge of God” among the Romans. He was both feared and revered for his ruthlessness and war prowess and, as general of the Hun military, commanded over 700,000 soldiers at its peak. The astounding success of the Hun military as they continued to conquer lands further and further west was no accident. In fact, the conquering of Europe was a result of the Huns superior leadership, tactics and technology. II. How did the leadership of the Huns contribute to their success? Who was the leader of the Huns and how did he unite them? Attila and his brother Bleda inherited the kingship from their uncle. Together, they were the two most powerful men in Europe. They were able to conquer parts of Europe at ease. In 451, Attila and his brother turned their aggression towards the Western Empire in an attempt to enlarge their kingdom. The Huns then organized one of the largest invasions to ever take place which included over a half million men.
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Rainey 2 Attila had drive and ambition that was unmatched. At the age of 12, was sent to Rome and held hostage in the Roman Court. Attila’s history says, “By the time Attila completed his term as a hostage and returned to the Huns, he had become a man. He realized the Roman Empire was vulnerable but saw its conquest as anything but certain. His first step was to unify the Huns, provide them with central leadership, give them national goals of their own, and rid them of Roman military domination”(Thomas). While he was held captive he was able to gain a great deal of knowledge about the Roman policies and military. This, in turn, helped shape him into the leader that he became. He developed a strong hatred for Rome that later fired up his ambitions to conquer the world and in due time overthrow Rome. Attila was unpredictable and arrogant, which made him even more brutal. He was a violent warrior and had an extreme lust for power and a passion for possession. (Attila the Hun) Alongside with Attila’s fierceness and aggressiveness, he was large in stature. As described in the book Attila, the King of Huns it states, “Attila’s appearance was not congenial or attractive. The short, square body, the large head, the deep-seated eyes, the swarthy complexion, the flat nose, and the few sparse hairs in place of a beard did not represent masculine good looks.” (Howarth 21). Attila's physical appearance was most likely that of an Eastern Asian or more specifically a Mongol-related ethnicity, Indeed, he probably exhibited the characteristic Eastern Asian facial features, which Europeans were not used to seeing, and so they often described him in harsh terms
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