Attila the Hun was the leader of a tribal empire consisting of Huns, Ostro-goths, and Alans, among others, in Central and Eastern Europe. As warriors the Huns inspired almost unparalleled fear throughout Europe. They were amazingly accurate mounted archers, and their complete command of horsemanship, their ferocious charges and unpredictable retreats, and the speed of their strategical movements brought them overwhelming victories.
For half a century after the overthrow of the Visigoths, the Huns extended their power over many of the Germanic peoples of central Europe and fought for the Romans. Tartary was a country with its own flag, its own government, its own language and its own place on maps, especially predating the second half of the 19th century.