The Mongols: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | April 26, 2012

byMorris Rossabi

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In the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, the Mongols carved out the largest land-based empire in world history, stretching from Korea to Russia in the north and from China to Syria in the south, and unleashing an unprecedented level of violence. But as Morris Rossabi reveals in this VeryShort Introduction, within two generations of their bloody conquests, the Mongols evolved from conquerors and predators to wise rulers who devised policies to foster the economies of the lands they had subjugated. By adopting political and economic institutions familiar to the local populations and recruiting native officials, they won over many of their non-Mongol subjects. In addition, Mongol nobles were ardent patrons of art and culture, supporting the production of Chinese porcelains and textiles, Iraniantiles and illustrated manuscripts, and Russian metalwork. Perhaps most important, the peace imposed by the Mongols on much of Asia and their promotion of trade resulted in considerable interaction among merchants, scientists, artists, and missionaries of different ethnic groups - includingEuropeans. Modern Eurasian and perhaps global history starts with the Mongol empire.

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In the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, the Mongols carved out the largest land-based empire in world history, stretching from Korea to Russia in the north and from China to Syria in the south, and unleashing an unprecedented level of violence. But as Morris Rossabi reveals in this VeryShort Introduction, within two generations of ...

Morris Rossabi is Distinguished Professor of History at the City University of New York and Adjunct Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History at Columbia University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 6.88 × 4.38 × 0.68 inPublished:April 26, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019984089X

ISBN - 13:9780199840892

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Table of Contents

1. Life on the Steppes2. Chinggis Khan Emerges3. Conquest and Governance4. The Mongols and the World: Part One5. The Mongols and the World: Part Two6. The Mongols and Arts and Crafts7. Decline, Fall, and Legacy