Culture and Conquest in Mongol Eurasia

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 25, 2004 - History - 264 pages
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Thomas Allsen is one of the foremost historians of the Mongol empire. His latest book breaks new scholarly boundaries in its exploration of cultural and scientific exchanges between Iran and China. Contrary to popular belief, Mongol rulers were intensely interested in the culture of their sedentary subjects. Under their auspices, various commodities, ideologies and technologies were disseminated across Eurasia. The result was a lively exchange of scientists, scholars and ritual specialists between East and West. The book is broad-ranging and erudite and promises to become a classic in the field.
 

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Contents

Before the Mongols
8
Formation of the Ilqans 12511265
17
Grand Qans and Ilqans 12651295
24
Continuity and change under Ghazan 12951304
31
Sultāns and Grand Qans 13041335
35
Economic ties
41
Overview of the relationship
51
Marco Polo and Polo
59
Agriculture
115
Cuisine
127
Medicine
141
Astronomy
161
Printing
176
Models and methods
189
Agency
193
Filtering
203

Qubilai and Bolad Aqa
63
Rashīd alDīn and Pūlād chīnksānk
72
Historiography
83
Geography and cartography
103
Summation
210
Bibliography
212
Index
238
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Thomas T. Allsen is Professor in the Department of History, The College of New Jersey, Ewing. His publications include Commodity and Exchange in the Mongol Empire: A Cultural History of Islamic Textiles (1997).

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