The Cambridge History of Inner Asia: The Chinggisid Age

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This volume centers on the history and legacy of the Mongol World Empire founded by Chinggis Khan and his sons, including its impact upon the modern world. An international team of scholars examines the political and cultural history of the Mongol Empire, its, Chinggisid successor states, and the non Chinggisid dynasties that came to dominate Inner Asia in its wake. Geographically, it focuses on the continental region from East Asia to Eastern Europe. Beginning in the twelfth century, the volume moves through to the establishment of Chinese and Russian political hegemony in Inner Asia from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries. Contributors use recent research and new approaches that have revitalized Inner Asian studies to highlight the world-historical importance of the regimes and states formed during and after the Mongol conquest. Their conclusions testify to the importance of a region whose modern fate has been overshadowed by Russia and China.

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'… this should be regarded as an example of the genus 'Cambridge History' at its impressive best.' Professor David Morgan, University of Wisconsin-Madison

'This is the first significant history of mediaeval Inner Asia since the work by Vasilii Bartol'd. The second volume of The Cambridge History of Inner Asia presents twenty contributions written by well-established scholars and develops two historiographical theses: the Mongol creation of mediaeval Central Asia; a longer periodisation of the Middle Age.' Central Eurasian Reader

'… an example of the genus 'Cambridge History' at its impressive best.' Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521849265
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/31/2009
  • Pages: 516
  • Sales rank: 1,387,711
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicola Di Cosmo is Professor of East Asian Studies in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey. His recent publications include Ancient China and its Enemies: The Rise of Nomadic Powers in East Asian History (2002), Manchu-Mongol Relations on the Eve of the Qing Conquest (2003), and The Diary of a Manchu Soldier in Seventeenth-Century China (2006).

Allen J. Frank is an independent scholar. He has published widely on the history of Islam in Imperial Russia and in the Central Asian Soviet successor states. His previous publications include Islamic Historiography and 'Bulghar' Identity among the Tatars and Bashkirs of Russia (1998), Muslim Religious Institutions in Imperial Russia (2001), and An Islamic Biographical Dictionary of the Eastern Kazakh Steppe, 1770–1912 (as co-editor, 2005).

Peter B. Golden is Professor of History and Academic Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University. Among his publications are An Introduction to the History of the Turkic Peoples (1992; Turkish editions 2002, 2006), Nomads and their Neighbours in the Russian Steppe (2003) and The World of the Khazars: New Perspectives (as co-editor, 2007).

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Table of Contents

List of figure and maps viii

List of contributors ix

Note on transliteration xii

List of abbreviations xiii

Maps xviii

Introduction Nicola Di Cosmo Allen J. Frank Peter B. Golden 1

Part 1 The Rise of the Chinggisids

1 Inner Asia c. 1200 Peter B. Golden 9

2 The Mongol age in Eastern Inner Asia Peter Jackson 26

3 The Mongols in Central Asia from Chinggis Khan's invasion to the rise of Temür: the Ögödeid and Chaghadaid realms Michal Biran 46

4 The Jochid realm: the western steppe and Eastern Europe István Vásáry 67

Part 2 Legacies of the Mongol Conquests

5 Institutional development, revenues and trade Arsenio Peter Martinez 89

6 Migrations, erhnogenesis Peter B. Golden 109

7 Islamization in the Mongol Empire Devi N Deweese 120

8 Mongols as vectors for cultural transmission Thomas T. Allsen 135

Part 3 Chinggisid Decline: 1368-C. 1700

9 The eastern steppe: Mongol regimes after the Yuan (1368-1636) Veronika Veit 157

10 Temur and the early Timurids to c. 1450 Beatrice Forbes Man Z 182

11 The later Timurids c. 1450-1526 Stephen Dale 199

Part 4 Nomads And Settled Peoples In Inner Asia After The Timurids

12 Uzbeks, Qazaqs and Turkmens Yuribregel 221

13 The western steppe: Volga-Ural region, Siberia and the Crimea Allen J. Frank 237

14 Eastern Central Asia (Xinjiang): 1300-1800 James Millward 260

15 The Chinggisid restoration in Central Asia: 1500-1785 R.D. McChesney 277

16 The western steppe: the Volga-Ural region, Siberia and the Crimea under Russian rule Christian Noack 303

Part 5 New Imperial Mandates and the End of the Chinggisid Era (18th-19th centuries)

17 The Qing andInner Asia: 1636-1800 Nicola DiCosmo 333

18 The Qazaqs and Russia Allen J. Frank 363

19 Russia and the peoples of the Volga-Ural region: 1600-1850 Allen J. Frank 380

20 The new Uzbek states: Bukhara, Khiva and Khoqand: c. 1750-1886 Yuri Bre Gel 392

Bibliography 412

Index 466

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