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1st Edition

The Mongol World

ISBN 9781138056671
Published May 26, 2022 by Routledge
1100 Pages 68 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Drawing upon research carried out in several different languages and across a variety of disciplines, The Mongol World documents how Mongol rule shaped the trajectory of Eurasian history from Central Europe to the Korean Peninsula, from the thirteenth century to the fifteenth century.

Contributing authors consider how intercontinental environmental, economic, and intellectual trends affected the Empire as a whole and, where appropriate, situate regional political, social, and religious shifts within the context of the broader Mongol Empire. Issues pertaining to the Mongols and their role within the societies that they conquered therefore take precedence over the historical narrative of the societies that they conquered. Alongside the formation, conquests, administration, and political structure of the Mongol Empire, the second section examines archaeology and art history, family and royal households, science and exploration, and religion, which provides greater insight into the social history of the Empire -- an aspect often neglected by traditional dynastic and political histories.

With 58 chapters written by both senior and early-career scholars, the volume is an essential resource for all students and scholars who study the Mongol Empire from its origins to its disintegration and legacy.

Table of Contents


Michael Hope and Timothy May


Section 1 Introduction: Conquest and State Formation

Michael Hope and Timothy May

Part 1: Chinggis Khan and State Formation

1. Mongolia Before Chinggis Khan

Isenbike Togan

2. The Rise of Chinggis Khan

Timothy May

3. The Early Mongol State

Isenbike Togan

Part 2: The Mongol Conquests

4. The Mongol Conquest of Xi Xia

David Curtis Wright

5. The Mongol Conquest of the Jin Empire, 1211-1234

David Curtis Wright

6. The Mongol Conquest of the Song Empire, 1234-1279

David Curtis Wright

7. The Conquest of Qara Khitai and Western Siberia

Timothy May

8. Conquest of the Dasht-i Qipchaq

Timothy May

9. The Mongol Conquest of Rus’

Alexander V. Maiorov

10. The Mongol Invasions of Europe

Stephan Pow

11. The Mongol Conquest of Iran

Beatrice Forbes Manz

12. The Mongol Conquest of Transcaucasia

John Lathan-Sprinkle

13. The Mongol Conquest of the Near East

Timothy May

Part 3: The Mongol Successor States

14. The Jochid Ulus

Roman Hautala

15. The Yuan Empire

Xiaolin Ma

16. The Ilkhanate

George Lane

17. The Middle Empire

Michael Hope

Part 4: Administration and Political Structure

18. The Yasa

Denise Aigle

19. Jarqu and Jarquchin

Florence Houdous

20. Daughters, Consort Families, and the Military

Anne F. Broadbridge

21. Mongol State Formation and Imperial Transformation

Lhamsuren Munkh-Erdene

22. The Keshig

Michael Hope

23. The Jam System

Hosung Shim


Section 2 Introduction

Michael Hope and Timothy May

Part 5: Family and Royal Households

24. Consort Families in the Successor States

Anne F. Broadbridge

25. Elite Women in the Mongol Empire

Bruno De Nicola

Part 6: Finance, Trade, and Economy

26. Mongol Monetary Trends

Judith Kolbas

27. Maritime Silk Road: The Mongols and the Indian Ocean

Paul D. Buell

28. Taxation in the Jochid Ulus

István Vásáry

29. Overland Trade in the Mongol World

Colleen C. Ho

Part 7: Archaeology and Art History

30. The Archaeology of the Mongol Empire

Ulambayar Erdenebat, Jargalan Burentogtokh, and William Honeychurch

31. The Art History and Material Culture of the Yuan Empire

Shane McCausland

32. The Visual World of the Ilkhanids and Chaghadaids

Sheila Blair

33. Archaeology and the Material Culture of the Ulus Jochi (Golden Horde)

Daniel C. Waugh

Part 8: Religion

34. Shamans at the Court of the Qa’an


35. Nestorian Christianity Among the Mongols


36. The Islamization of the Mongols

Ishayahu Landa

37. Daoism in the Mongol Empire

Jesse Sloane

38. Confucianism in the Mongol Empire

Jesse Sloane

39. Buddhism in the Mongol Empire

Brian Baumann

40. Judaism and the Mongol Empire

Na’ama O. Arom

Part 9: Science & Exploration

41. Arabic Medicine in China and in the Mongol World

Paul D. Buell

42. Mapping & Exploration

Hyunhee Park


Section 3 Introduction

Michael Hope and Timothy May

Part 10: The Mongols in the Eyes of the Conquered

43. Yuan Chinese Attitudes Towards the Mongols

Morris Rossabi

44. The Mongols in the Eyes of the Armenians


45. The Mongols in the Eyes of the Koryo People

Lee Kang Hahn

46. The Mongols in the Eyes of the Uyghurs

Michael C. Brose

47. From Brutes to Bodhisattvas: The Mongols in Tibetan Sources

Soyoung Choi

48. The Mongols in the Eyes of the Iranians

Michael Hope

49. The Mongols in the Eyes of the Rus’

Donald Ostrowski

50. The Mongols in the Eyes of the Papal & Royal Missions to Mongolia and China (c. 1245-1370)

Antti Ruotsala

Part 11: Beyond the Borders of the Mongol Empire

51. Mongols in the Mamluk Sultanate

Josephine van den Bent

52. The Outer Limits of Steppe Power: Mongol Excursions in Southeast Asia

James A. Anderson

53. The Mongols in South Asia

Michael Hope

54. The Mongol Invasions of Japan and Their Legacy

Li Narangoa

Part 12: The Mongol Legacy

55. The Chinggisid Legacy in the Middle East

Patrick Wing

56. Timur’s Empire

Evrim Binbaş

57. Rescuing Legitimate Narrative by Re-imaging Qubilai Qa’an

Yihao Qiu

58. The Legacy of the Mongol Empire in Mongolia

Ippei Shimamura

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Timothy May (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison) is Professor of Central Eurasian History at the University of North Georgia and serves as Associate Dean of Arts & Letters. A scholar of the Mongol Empire, he focuses on Mongol military history and strategy. He is the author of The Mongol Art of War (2007), The Mongol Conquests in World History (2012), The Mongol Empire (2018), The Mongols (2019), and Simply Chinggis (2021). In 2014, he was named the University of North Georgia Alumni Distinguished Professor, and he earned the UNG Distinguished Teaching Award in 2021.

Michael Hope (Ph.D., Australian National University) is Associate Professor of History at Yonsei University, Korea. He specializes in the political and cultural history of the Mongol Empire with a particular focus on the Ilkhanate. He is the author of Power, Politics, and Tradition in the Mongol Empire and the Ilkhanate of Iran (2016).