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The Mongols: A Very Short Introduction

The Mongols: A Very Short Introduction
 

The Mongols carved out the largest land-based empire in world history, stretching from Korea to Russia and from China to Syria. Although this book does not ignore the devastation and killings wrought by the Mongols, it also reveals their contributions to governance, arts, culture... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780199840892
Barcode 9780199840892
Published 6 June 2012 by Oxford University Press (S3)
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Rossabi, Morris
Series Very Short Introductions
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ISBN-13 9780199840892
ISBN-10 019984089X
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Oxford University Press (S3)
Imprint Oxford University Press Inc
Publication Date 6 June 2012
Publication Country United States United States
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Rossabi, Morris
Series Very Short Introductions
Category World History: C 500 To C 1500
Asian / Middle Eastern History
Number of Pages 160
Dimensions Width: 111mm
Height: 173mm
Spine: 9mm
Weight 124g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
Library of Congress Mongols - History
NBS Text Regional History
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 950.2
Catalogue Code 266273

Description of this Book

The Mongols carved out the largest land-based empire in world history, stretching from Korea to Russia in the north and from China to Syria in the south in the thirteenth century. Along with their leader Chinggis Khan they conjure up images of plunder and total destruction. Chinggis and his descendants introduced a level of violence that had perhaps never been seen in world history. Although this book does not ignore the devastation and killings wrought by the Mongols, it also reveals their contributions. Within two generations, they developed from conquerors and predators seeking booty to rulers who devised policies to foster the economies of the lands they had subjugated. Adopting political and economic institutions familiar to the conquered populations and recruiting native officials, they won over many of their non-Mongol subjects. Mongol nobles were ardent patrons of art and culture. They supported and influenced the production of Chinese porcelains and textiles, Iranian tiles and illustrated manuscripts, and Russian metalwork. Their most significant contribution was to foster the greatest contacts among diverse civilizations in world history. The Mongol peace they imposed on much of Asia and their promotion of trade resulted in considerable travel and relations among numerous merchants, scientists, artists, missionaries, and entertainers of different ethnic groups. It is no accident that Europeans, including Marco Polo, first reached China in this period. Eurasian and perhaps global history starts with the Mongol empire. Rossabi follows the Mongol empire through to collapse due to internal disunity. Struggles for succession and ill-planned and expensive military campaigns ultimately tore apart one of the most influential empires in world history.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Morris Rossabi is Distinguished Professor of History at the City University of New York and Adjunct Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History at Columbia University.

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