One of the surprising facts about the development of nomadism on the vast Eurasian Steppe is that it began about 6,000 years ago in the west and only slowly, and fitfully, moved east. This course will survey that development, starting in the first few weeks of class with a survey of steppe nomadism's beginnings in the southwestern corner of today's Ukraine and its subsequent movement east of the Urals. The course will then highlight major developments in this process over the next three millennia until the arrival of nomadic groups from the west in China around 1250 BCE. The bulk of the course will then focus on the history of eastern nomads, including early peoples like the Xiong-Nu and Yue-Zhi, and later ones like the Uighurs, the Turks, and finally the Mongols. No background in this subject is needed, and necessary materials will be furnished.