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Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
Jack Weatherford
0609809644
March 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Apart from its inapt title, Genghis Khan dies rather early on in this account and many of the battles are led by his numerous offspring. This book is a successful account of the century of turmoil brought to the world by a then little-known nation of itinerant hunters. In researching this book, Weatherford (Savages and Civilization), a professor of anthropology at Macalaster College, traveled thousands of miles, many on horseback, tracing Genghis Khan's steps into places unseen by Westerners since the khan's death and employing what he calls an "archeology of movement." Weatherford knows the story of the medieval Mongol conquests is gripping enough not to need superfluous embellishmentsâ€"the personalities and the wars they waged provide plenty of color and suspense. In just 25 years, in a manner that...


Encyclopedia of Mongolian and the Mongol Empire
Christopher P. Atwood
0816046719
July 2004
Hardcover
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From Booklist
While most students of world history know of the Mongol Empire created by Chinggis (Genghis) Khan, Mongolia, a country with a long and complex history, remains a bit of a cipher. This detailed account of Mongolian history from 209 B.C.E. to 2003 C.E. does much to fill in the lacuna. Though there is special emphasis on the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, the time of the expansion of the Mongol Empire, coverage is good for all time periods, and the encyclopedia as a whole makes a sound case for the enormous influence of Mongolian civilization on the history of the Far East, the Indian subcontinent, and Eastern Europe.The introduction includes a guide to pronunciation, a real necessity. The approximately 1,800 alphabetically arranged entries are well weighted, with longer articles, for example, that on Chinggis Khan,...


Mongolian Nomadic Society
Bold Bat-Ochir
0312228279
May 2001
Hardcover
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Book Description
Until the collapse of the system in Mongolia in 1990 and the consequent decline of the Soviet Union's influence on all areas of Mongolian society, theoretical treatments of Mongolian historiography went along the lines of the prevailing political ideology of socialism. Adopting a fresh approach, this book criticizes the theoretical adaptation of the feudalism concept to nomadic culture. At the same time, it treats the history of Mongolia in view of the structural and developmental particularities of nomadic society.


Imperial Grunts: The American Military on the Ground
Robert D. Kaplan
1400061326
September 2005
Hardcover
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Book Review
It is the dawn of the 21st century, and the United States has appropriated the entire Earth. So journalist Robert Kaplan writes in his paean to the American fighting man and woman, Imperial Grunts. The U.S. has quietly--with little public debate--forged an empire that is "ready to flood the most obscure areas of it with troops at a moment's notice," writes Kaplan, a correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly magazine who has written 10 earlier books on foreign affairs and travel, including the acclaimed Balkan Ghosts. Imperial Grunts is Kaplan's account of his travels to the frontiers of the U.S. imperium. From the dustbowl of northern Yemen to the coca fields of Colombia and the insurgent hotbed of Fallujah, Kaplan takes readers to the war-torn edges of the U.S. empire and visits with front-line grunts who guard it and...


The Art of Silver Jewellery : Minorities of China, The Golden Triangle, Mongolia and Tibet
Ren¿ Van Der Star, et al
8876243836
April 4, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
This book and exhibition presents over 250 silver necklaces, and earrings - objects of ceremonial beauty and originality created by tribal peoples of China. Four catalog essays by leading experts illuminate the context creation in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and also provide valuable background information for designers, historians, collectors and dealers. In addition to images of the jewelry itself, the volume includes a selection of collect ethnic textiles and other field photographs that puts the jewelry in full ethnological context. Details information an object includes dimensions, weight, material, function, and area of origin. This sumptuous volume is the most comprehensive study of the region’s jewelry available and is essential for anyone with an interest in the complete heritage of...


Truth, History and Politics in Mongolia
C. Kaplonski
0415307988
Mar 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
For seventy years Mongolia was dominated by the Soviet Union. During the democratic revolution of 1990 and afterwards, historical imagery occupied a key place in public debates on what it meant to be Mongol. This book examines issues of social memory, culture and identity in the context of the collapse of socialist rule in Mongolia. It shows that in addition to the officially approved socialist interpretation of history, there existed unofficial, competing interpretations of the past.

Using Mongolia as its example, this book examines how knowledge is transmitted and transformed in light of political change by looking at shifting conceptions of historical figures. It suggests that the reflection of people's concept of themselves is a much greater influence in the writing of history than has previously been...


Modern Mongolia: From Khans to Commissars to Capitalists
Morris Rossabi
0520244192
April 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Land-locked between its giant neighbors, Russia and China, Mongolia was the first Asian country to adopt communism and the first to abandon it. When the Soviet Union collapsed in the early 1990s, Mongolia turned to international financial agencies--including the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank--for help in compensating for the economic changes caused by disruptions in the communist world. Modern Mongolia is the best-informed and most thorough account to date of the political economy of Mongolia during the past decade. In it, Morris Rossabi explores the effects of the withdrawal of Soviet assistance, the role of international financial agencies in supporting a pure market economy, and the ways that new policies have led to greater political freedom but also to...


Gobi : Tracking the Desert
John Man
0300076096
October 11, 1999
Hardcover
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Book Review
It's better to travel to Mongolia in summer than in winter. In summer the temperatures can hit 115 degrees Fahrenheit, but that's easier to survive than the -40 of January. Both are preferable to spring, though, when, John Man writes in this vivid story of wilderness adventure, "brutal cold gives way to sand-blasting gales that can flay exposed skin and strip the paint from a car."

Man has seen these Mongolian weathers up close, wandering around this vast country in search of its peculiar wildlife--a menagerie that includes rare wild camels and horses, mountain sheep, wolves, desert bears, and the elusive snow leopard. With the fall of Communism in the early 1990s, Man writes, Mongolia's economy had collapsed. Mongolians had responded, as always in times of stress, by leaving their cities and returning to the countryside...



The Changing World of Mongolia's Nomads
Melvyn C. Goldstein, Cynthia M. Beall
0520085515


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Book Description
This beautifully illustrated book offers the first inside view of how the breakup of the Soviet bloc has affected this farthest republic and its nomadic peoples. The first Western scholars to be given permission to conduct fieldwork in Mongolia, Melvyn Goldstein and Cynthia Beall lived among a community of herders to study how they were adapting to Mongolia's transition to democracy and a market economy.
Weathering temperatures below zero, living in the nomads' ger, drinking suteytsai (milk-tea), eating bordzig (a pastry made from wheat dough) and pieces of solid fat (a Mongolian delicacy), Goldstein and Beall studied the seasonal migrations and traditional lifestyle of the nomads. They also watched as a herders' collective under the Marxist-Leninist system made the difficult transition to a...


So Many Enemies, So Little Time: An American Woman in All the Wrong Places
Elinor Burkett
0641680422

Textbook Hardcover
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The Mongols in Iran (Curzon Persian Art & Culture S.)
Judith Kolbas
0700706674
February 14, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
The administration of Iran under Mongol rule is explored through taxation and monetary policy. A consistent development is evident only from abundant numismatic material, from the conquest of Samarqand by Chingiz Khan to the reign of the penultimate ruler, Uljaytu. In many cases, the individuals responsible for initiating and conducting the policies can be identified from the histories or remarks of the mint master. The structure of the empire is clearly demarcated by mint production, coin styles and type of metal. This illuminates many controversial historical points such as the meaning and function of an Il-khan and the establishment of the Toluid dynasty under Hulagu. The Mongols broke the crust of an inflexible and archaic Islamic monetary tradition that had hampered economic development by encouraging extensive...


Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
Jack Weatherford
0609610627
March 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Apart from its inapt title, Genghis Khan dies rather early on in this account and many of the battles are led by his numerous offspring. This book is a successful account of the century of turmoil brought to the world by a then little-known nation of itinerant hunters. In researching this book, Weatherford (Savages and Civilization), a professor of anthropology at Macalaster College, traveled thousands of miles, many on horseback, tracing Genghis Khan's steps into places unseen by Westerners since the khan's death and employing what he calls an "archeology of movement." Weatherford knows the story of the medieval Mongol conquests is gripping enough not to need superfluous embellishmentsâ€"the personalities and the wars they waged provide plenty of color and suspense. In just 25 years, in a manner that...


Travels of Marco Polo
Marco Polo
0140440577
September 1958
Paperback
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Library Journal
A timeless addition to any travel collection. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Book Description
Chosen as one of the ten best adventure books of all time by National Geographic Adventure. Liveright is proud to reissue a facsimile of its classic 1926 edition of The Travels of Marco Polo. Beginning from the traditional lyrical Marsden translation, editor Manuel Komroff corrected it against Henry Yule's magisterial two-volume work, including a chapter missing from the Marsden. The artist Witold Gordon created thirty-two two-color woodcut illustrations for the original edition, published again here for the first time in over fifty years. The Travels of Marco Polo remains a wondrous adventure narrative. Chronicling the thirteenth-century world from Venice,...


The Mongols at China's Edge: History and the Politics of National Unity
Uradyn E. Bulag
0742511448
May 2002
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Book Description
This important study explores the multifaceted experience of Mongols in China, past and present, as their identity balances precariously between historical memory and their contemporary position as an ethnic minority. Uradyn E. Bulag assesses the intricate relationship between socialism and nationalism that generates both resistance and complicity and defines the moral dilemmas that have confronted Mongols and Chinese in negotiating nationality issues. Written by an indigenous anthropologist trained in the West, the work is informed by the author's sophisticated understanding of theory and personal sense of society and history. Breaking new ground in the study of Chinese and Mongol history and ethnicity, the author offers a fresh interpretation of China viewed from the perspective of its peripheries. Visit our website...


In The Empire of Genghis Khan: An Amazing Odyssey Through the Lands of the Most Feared Conquerors in History
Stanley Stewart
1585747033
November 2002
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Stewart, a British journalist and travel writer (Old Serpent Nile), takes a 1,000-mile horseback journey across Mongolia, the homeland of Genghis Khan. The author has a gift for merging history and anecdote and succeeds in engaging the reader throughout this informed narrative. Although their culture is dying out, nomadic Mongolians still live in gers (wood-framed felt tents) that can be quickly dismantled and transported across the Asian steppes as they travel continuously on horseback in search of pasture for their sheep, goats and yaks. Stewart vividly describes the days he spent on horseback with his guides, riding through desolate but breathtaking scenery. During his trip, he enjoyed remarkable hospitality from the nomads, who gave him a place to sleep and fed him mutton and airag (fermented mare's milk)....


Lost Country: Mongolia Revealed
Jasper Becker
034055665X
June 1995
Hardcover
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China Marches West: The Qing Conquest of Central Eurasia
Peter C. Perdue
067401684X
April 2005
Hardcover
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About the Author
Peter C. Perdue is T. T. and Wei Fong Chao Professor of Asian Civilizations and Professor of History at MIT.


A History of Inner Asia
Svat Soucek
0521657040
February 17, 2000
Paperback
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Review
'... an up-to-date and systematic, and at the same time short and accessible historical introduction to the countries and nations of Central Asia.' Acta Orientalia
'The information presented is comprehensive and of remarkably fluid reading considering the complexity of the subject. ... It is indeed a distinct merit of Soucek's to subscribe to the integrity of this field with a work of sound scholarship and broad reach.' New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies

Review
"...eminently readable, often fascinating, and full of quirky but thought-provoking angles on the region's history..." Journal of World History

"Soucek...introduces the history and current status of seven countries that suddenly appeared in Western consciousness when the Soviet Union collapsed." Reference & Research...



Mongolia
Jennifer L. Hanson
0816052212
December 2003
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 7 Up-Short chapters on the history of the Mongol Empire and the Communist era are followed by others that detail the advent of democracy, the economics of transition, the environment, the herding life, art, and the changing culture (religion, sports, games, holidays, and the media). The problems involved in such a transition are fully described. Each chapter concludes with numerous notes, often citing online sources. The annotated list for further reading consists primarily of adult materials. The format is dense, relieved only occasionally by an uninspired black-and-white photograph. The writing, while somewhat pedestrian, is clear, straightforward, and accurate, with a few very minor exceptions (e.g., a sculptor would cast rather than "carve" bronze images; and India, a part of Asia, cannot thus...


Mission to Asia (Medieval Academy Reprints for Teaching , 8)
Christopher Dawson (Editor)
0802064361
December 1980
Paperback
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Genghis Khan: Life, Death and Resurrection
John Man
0312314442
February 2005
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Man posits that this engrossing book is the result of his ambition to travel to somewhere remote, and that Mongolia, China, and the Gobi Desert are such places. He maintains that secrecy is an important theme of the book: how and where Genghis Khan died, and how and where he was buried. Man chronicles the early history of Mongolia, the coming of the Mongols' conquests of China and other Asian kingdoms, and what he calls the Muslim holocaust. He cites that "there were 100,000 to 150,000 soldiers, each with two or three horses . . . they could cover 100 kilometers a day, cross deserts, swim rivers, and materialize and vanish as if by magic." He says that prisoners had a triple use: as a slave labor force of specialist artisans, as soldiers in the army's nonnomadic contingents, and as "cannon fodder." Genghis Khan fell...

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