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Culture and Conquest in Mongol Eurasia
Thomas Allsen is one of the foremost historians of the Mongol empire. His latest book breaks new scholarly boundaries in its exploration of cultural and scientific exchanges between Iran and China. Contrary to popular belief, Mongol rulers were intensely interested in the culture of their sedentary subjects. Under their auspices, various commodities, ideologies and technol ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published March 25th 2004 by Cambridge University Press
(first published September 5th 1997)
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Thomas Allsen’s Culture and Conquest in Mongol Eurasia, despite the implication of the title, explores only the cultural exchange between the Mongol courts of China and Iran. The author makes it clear that the two courts enjoyed a lengthy and close relationship throughout the history of the Mongol Empire, and to this he attributes the common political interests of the Yuan and Il-qan courts as opposed to the Golden Horde and the Chaghadaid segments. This relationship begins with the pacification ...more
Oct 04, 2015 AskHistorians added it
Be warned this book is very dry, mainly of interest to someone who already knows a fair amount about the Mongols. It basically takes an in depth look at the the exchange of goods, ideas and people between Yuan China and the Ilkhanate (based in Iran), two states ruled by Mongol dynasties descended from Genghis Khan. It's fantastically detailed, or horrifically detailed depending on perspective, and provides an unparalleled examination of exactly what was and wasn't transferred by the Mongols, the ...more