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Mongolian Nomadic Society: A Reconstruction of the 'Medieval' History of Mongolia
     

Mongolian Nomadic Society: A Reconstruction of the 'Medieval' History of Mongolia

by Bat-Ochir Bold
 

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Until the collapse of the socialist system in Mongolia in 1990, Mongolian social sciences was fundamentally schematised in accordance with the prevailing political ideology of socialism, considering the country's history in the theoretical framework of historical materialism, the theory of socio-economic formation, and the feudalism model. Here, however, the author

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Until the collapse of the socialist system in Mongolia in 1990, Mongolian social sciences was fundamentally schematised in accordance with the prevailing political ideology of socialism, considering the country's history in the theoretical framework of historical materialism, the theory of socio-economic formation, and the feudalism model. Here, however, the author adopts a fresh approach and criticises the theoretical adaptation of the feudalism concept to nomadic culture while treating the history of Mongolia in view of the structural and developmental particularities of nomadic society. The book shows the economic conditions and everyday life of mobile livestock keeping, tribal and political-administrative organisation and the social strata of nomadic society during the 13th-19th centuries, demonstrating that development of nomadic societies in Central Asia cannot and should not be evaluated in accordance with European norms.

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Bold (researcher, University of Iceland) breaks from traditional, socialist historiography by treating Mongolia as a nomadic culture. He describes the political and economic organization of traditional Mongolian society, its social stratification from the 13th to the 19th centuries, and the ways these social forces shaped everyday life. Specific attention is given to the influence of Lamaism and the dynamics of development. Bold also argues against any evaluation of these nomadic societies by current European standards. The book is distributed by Palgrave. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781136824807
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/11/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Bat-Ochir Bold is a researcher currently attached to the University of Reykjavik, Iceland.

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