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Xiongnu (Asian people)

LC control 85062711
LC classificationDS328.4.X56
Topical headingXiongnu (Asian people)
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See alsoEthnology--Asia
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Found inBritannica Micro.: v. 6, p. 102 (Hsiung-nu, pinyin Xiongnu, nomadic pastoral people who at the end of the 3rd cent. BC formed a tribal league that was able to dominate much of Central Asia for more than 500 years. A number of Hsiung-nu customs do suggest Turkish affinities, which has led some historican to suggest that the western Hsiung-nu may have been the ancestors of the European Turks of later centuries. Others believe that the Hsiung-nu are the Huns, who invaded the Roman Empire in the 5th century)