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To: blam
Yes, they or their northwestern neighbors. The chariots appeared suddenly in China with spoked wheels and a light frame but no evidence of a solid wheeled predecessor like there had been in India. The people of the Steppes were far ahead of the curve on mounted and wheeled warfare. The Chinese on the other hand, were rich in material and culture, making an exchange or even the hiring of mercenaries likely. The idea is presented in the Cambridge Histories.
13 posted on 10/29/2005 6:02:42 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: JimSEA
"The people of the Steppes were far ahead of the curve on mounted and wheeled warfare. "

Yup I've read that they couldn't penetrate the deep steppes without the wheeled wagons...also, when the horse was domesticated, pants were invented too.

14 posted on 10/30/2005 4:38:24 PM PST by blam
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