Modern Mongolia: Reclaiming Genghis Khan

Modern Mongolia: Reclaiming Genghis Khan

by Paula L.W. Sabloff
     
 

ISBN-10: 092417191X

ISBN-13: 9780924171918

Pub. Date: 10/28/2001

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

Mongolia, a country that evokes romantic curiosity on the part of American readers, has emerged from its former Soviet cocoon. It has achieved independence, democracy, and a twenty-first-century market economy. This book provides factual information about Mongolia and new ways of looking at a historical figure, Genghis Khan, whose ideals of nationhood and

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Mongolia, a country that evokes romantic curiosity on the part of American readers, has emerged from its former Soviet cocoon. It has achieved independence, democracy, and a twenty-first-century market economy. This book provides factual information about Mongolia and new ways of looking at a historical figure, Genghis Khan, whose ideals of nationhood and democratic principles are in practice now.

Modern Mongolia is unique in providing multiple perspectives—Mongolian and American, scholarly and less formal—about the country's developments in a readable style, richly illustrated with 120 full-color contemporary and archival photographs, both scenic and artifactual.

The first chapter provides an overview of Mongolian geography and history to the twentieth century and the author's personal experience as a teenager during the 1989-90 democratic revolution. Chapter 2, by a Mongolian historian, recounts the exciting changes from Manchu Dynasty feudal society and autonomous theocracy to Communist nationhood and, finally, full independence as a democratic nation. The third chapter, by a cultural historian, describes the effects of historical changes on the daily life of Mongolian nomads—their clothing, family dwellings (gers), and furnishings. Chapter 4, by an American political anthropologist, shows the connection between modern Mongolians' devotion to democracy and the political ideas of Genghis Khan.

Readers of all ages seeking an accessible and picturesque presentation of Mongolian history and society will find Modern Mongolia a fascinating introduction.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780924171918
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
148
Sales rank:
372,515
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Foreword
Preface and Acknowledgments
My Mongolia1
The Twentieth Century: From Domination to Democracy31
Deel, Ger, and Alar: Continuity and Change in Mongolian Material Culture61
Genghis Khan, Father of Mongolian Democracy91
Suggested Readings120
Index121

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