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Culture and Conquest in Mongol Eurasia (Cambridge Studies in by Thomas T. Allsen

By Thomas T. Allsen

Thomas Allsen is likely one of the most efficient historians of the Mongol empire. His most modern e-book breaks new scholarly obstacles in its exploration of cultural and medical exchanges among Iran and China. opposite to well known trust, Mongol rulers have been intensely drawn to the tradition in their sedentary matters. lower than their auspices, a number of commodities, ideologies and applied sciences have been disseminated throughout Eurasia. the outcome used to be a full of life trade of scientists, students and formality experts among East and West. The publication is broad-ranging and erudite and supplies to turn into a vintage within the box.

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3 Although the H ülegüids were not participants in the climactic battles nor 1 2 3 Rashıd/Karımı, vol. I, pp. 352–53, and Rashıd/Boyle, p. 160. For details and documentation, see Thomas T. Allsen, “The Princes of the Left H and: An Introduction to the H istory of the Ulus of Orda in the Thirteenth and Early Fourteenth Centuries,” AEMA 5 (1985–87), 18–25. Qashanı/H ambly, pp. 32–41, and YS, ch. 21, pp. 454 and 460. 4 M oreover, the newly crowned Öljeitü lost little time in informing his neighbors that the empire was reunited.

I, p. 386. For another example, see p. 214. M ostaert and Cleaves, “Trois documents,” 483. Seifeddini, vol. I, pp. 226–27 and 231, and Lang, Numismatic History, p. 51. Continuity and change under G hazan, 1295–1304 33 Second, the G olden H orde had long made claims on G eorgia and perhaps G hazan found it politically expedient to advertise the G rand Qan’s nominal sovereignty of this region. But however we understand and interpret these changes in titles and formulas, this did not presage a break with the G rand Qan in China.

Conversion did not automatically make G hazan a friend of M uslim polities and an enemy of infidel states. 18 M ore basically, the M ongolian court in Iran, regardless of its ideological reorientation, was inextricably enmeshed in Chinggisid princely politics and rivalries. Troubles with the G olden H orde had temporarily eased but the coalition of Ögödeids and Chaghadaids in central Asia still posed a serious threat to the security of the Yuan dynasty and its long-time ally in Iran. Basic self-interest therefore dictated a continuing relationship between the two.

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