The growing importance of Central and Inner Asia and the Silk Road is much discussed at present. This book compares the nature of present day networks in these regions with the patterns of similar connections which existed at the time of the Mongol Empire in the thirteenth century and its successor states. It considers settlement patterns, technology and technology transfer, trade, political arrangements, the role of religion and the impact of the powerful states which border the region. Overall, the book demonstrates that the Mongol Empire anticipated many of the networks and connections which exist in the region at present.
Introduction, Chapter 1 Rise of Chinggis Khan, Chapter 2 Institutional Framework of Mongol Eurasia, Chapter 3 The Place of Religion in Mongol Eurasia, Chapter 4 Mongol Cities of Eurasia, Chapter 5 Trade and Economic Relations in Mongol Eurasia, Chapter 6 Echoes of the Past in Present Day Eurasia, Epilogue