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In this episode I host Geneticist Razib Khan on the origins of the Khazars and we explore what ancient and medieval DNA can tell us about the rise, fall and legacy of this mighty empire.
Rising from obscurity this once nomadic Turkic people settled in modern European Russia, southern Ukraine, Crimea, and Kazakhstan and went on to create a commercial empire that would dominate the Medieval world surrounding it.
From warring with other Turks, making alliances with the Byzantine Empire and their eventual fall to the Kievan Rus' we watch as another Steppe epic is carved into history.
Lastly we approach the legacy of the Khazars exploring controversy and who they are today.
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Razib Khan: https://www.razib.com/bio/wordpress/
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