Culture and Conquest in Mongol Eurasia

Culture and Conquest in Mongol Eurasia

by Thomas T. Allsen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521803357

ISBN-13: 9780521803359

Pub. Date: 02/28/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In the thirteenth century, the Mongols created a vast transcontinental empire that functioned as a cultural 'clearing house' for the Old World. Under Mongol auspices various commodities, ideologies and technologies were disseminated and displayed across Eurasia. The focus of this innovative study is the extensive exchanges between Iran and China. The Mongol rulers of…  See more details below

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In the thirteenth century, the Mongols created a vast transcontinental empire that functioned as a cultural 'clearing house' for the Old World. Under Mongol auspices various commodities, ideologies and technologies were disseminated and displayed across Eurasia. The focus of this innovative study is the extensive exchanges between Iran and China. The Mongol rulers of these two ancient civilizations 'shared' the cultural resources of their realms with one another. The result was a lively traffic in specialist personnel and scholarly literature between East and West. These exchanges ranged from cartography to printing, from agriculture to astronomy. Unexpectedly, the principal conduit of this transmission was an obscure Mongol tribesman, Bolad Aqa, who first served Chinggisid rulers of China and was then posted to Iran where he entered into a close and productive collaboration with the famed Persian statesman and historian, Rashid al-Din. The conclusion of the work examines why the Mongols made such heavy use of sedentary scholars and specialists in the elaboration of their court culture and why they initiated so many exchanges across the Eurasian landmass. The book is informative and erudite. It crosses new scholarly boundaries in its analysis of communication and culture in the Mongol empire and promises to become a classic in the field.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521803359
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2004
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization Series
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
1290L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

1Introduction3
2Before the Mongols8
3Formation of the Il-qans, 1251-126517
4Grand Qans and Il-qans, 1265-129524
5Continuity and change under Ghazan, 1295-130431
6Sultans and Grand Qans, 1304-133535
7Economic ties41
8Overview of the relationship51
9Marco Polo and Po-lo59
10Qubilai and Bolad Aqa63
11Rashid al-Din and Pulad chinksank72
12Historiography83
13Geography and cartography103
14Agriculture115
15Cuisine127
16Medicine141
17Astronomy161
18Printing176
19Models and methods189
20Agency193
21Filtering203
22Summation210

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