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  • Paperback
  • November 2010
  • ISBN 978-0-393-92711-5
  • 5.4 × 8.2 in / 224 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide


The Mongols and Global History

Norton Documents Reader

Paperback

Morris Rossabi (Author, Columbia University)

 

An accessible, documents-based introduction to the history of the Mongols.

The volume opens with a brief original essay by Morris Rossabi, one of the world’s foremost scholars on the Mongols. Rossabi’s essay gives a historical and interpretive overview of the Mongols and charts their invasions and subsequent rule over the largest contiguous land empire in world history. Following is a rich collection of primary sources translated into English from Armenian, Arabic, Chinese, Franco-Italian, Italian, Korean, Latin, Persian, Russian, Syriac, and Tibetan that will give students a clear sense of the extraordinary geographic and linguistic range of the Mongol Empire as well as insight into the empire’s rise, how it governed, and how it fell. Each primary source includes a headnote and study questions. The volume ends with a list of further readings.

About the series: The Norton Casebooks in History provide students with everything they need for in-depth study of select topics in major periods studied in American and world history. Each volume consists of an introductory essay by the editor on the topic, primary sources, and recent essays by historians that explore different interpretations. Each volume combines the most authoritative text available with contextual and critical materials that bring the topic to life for students.

    Part I: Introduction

    • Map of Mongol Campaigns and Conquest
    • Genealogical Charts of the Four Major Khanates

    Part II: Mongol Lifestyle

    • Grigor of Akanc, History of the Nation of the Archers
    • John of Plano Carpini, Mission to Asia
    • Marignolli's Recollections of Eastern Travel
    • Kirakos of Ganjak, On the Mongols

    Part III: Life and Conquests of Chinggis Khan

    • The Secret History of the Mongols
    • Rashid al-Din, Compendium of Chronicles
    • The Secret History of the Mongols
    • Juvaini, The History of the World Conqueror
    • The Travels of Ibn Battuta
    • Rashid al-Din, Compendium of Chronicles
    • Changchun, The Travels of an Alchemist

    Part IV: Expansion of the Mongol Empire

    • The Chronicle of Novgorod
    • Grigor of Akanc, History of the Nation of the Archers
    • Marco Polo, The Description of the World
    • Rashid al-Din, Compendium of Chronicles
    • Baybars I of Egypt
    • The Letter of the Great Khan Güyüg to Pope Innocent IV

    Part V: Mongol Rule

    • Rashid al-Din, Compendium of Chronicles
    • Marco Polo, The Description of the World
    • Anonymous, Portrait of Khubilai Khan (visual source)
    • Liu Guandao, Khubilai Khan on a Hunt (visual source)
    • Yuanshi
    • Chŏng In-ji, Koryŏ sa
    • 'Phags-pa lama, Prince Jin-gim's Textbook of Tibetan Buddhism
    • Francesco Balducci Pegolotti, Cathay and the Way Thither
    • Marco Polo, The Description of the World
    • Zhou Daguan, A Record of Cambodia
    • E. A. Wallis Budge, The Monks of Kublai Khan, Emperor of China

    Part VI: Collapse of the Mongol Empire

    • Juvaini, The History of the World Conqueror
    • Rashid al-Din, The Successors of Genghis Khan

    For Further Reading

    Credits

    Index