The Mongol Empire and Its Legacy

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Reuven Amitai, David Orrin Morgan
BRILL, 2000 - History - 361 pages
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The Mongol Empire was founded by Chinggis Khan in the early thirteenth century. Within the span of two generations it embraced most of Asia, thus becoming the largest land-based state in history. The united empire lasted only until around 1260, but the major successor states continued for many generations, in the Middle East, present-day Russia, Central Asia and China. It left a lasting impact on these areas and their peoples, which was often far from negative! The papers in this volume offer fresh perspectives on the Mongol Empire, its rule in the eastern Islamic world, Central Asia and China, and the legacy of this rule. Various authors approach the matter from a variety of views, including political, military, social, cultural and intellectual. In doing so, they shed a new light on the Mongol Empire. This publication has also been published in hardback, please click here for details.
 

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Contents

Early History of the Mongol Empire
5
The Making of the Mongol States
12
The Mongols in the Middle East
39
Mongol Imperial Ideology and the Ilkhanid War against
57
Rumour
73
The Athar wa ahya of Rashid alDm Fadl Allah Hamadanf
126
Ilkhanid Fact or Timurid
155
The Mongols in China and the Far East
200
Qubilai Qaan and Phagspa bLama
240
The Legacy of the Mongol Empire
260
Some Comments on the Consequences of the Decline
273
The Legacy
290
The Legitimacy of Khanship among the Oyirad Kalmyk
319
The Vicissitudes of Mongolian Historiography in
332
Index
347
Copyright

Notes on Shamans Fortunetellers and YinYang Practitioners
224

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About the author (2000)

Reuven Amitai-Preiss, Ph.D. (1990) in Middle Eastern History, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is Senior Lecturer in medieval Islamic history at the Hebrew University, and author of "Mongols and Mamluks: The Mamluk-Ilkhanid War" ("Cambridge," 1995). David Orrin Morgan, Ph.D. (1977) in History at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London, is Reader in the History of the Middle East at the University of London. He has written "The Mongols" ("London," 1986) and "Medieval Persia" ("London," 1988), and is editor of the "Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society."