This attractively illustrated collection of forty papers was designed to accompany the exhibition Genghis Khan by presenting a scholarly treatment not merely of the Mongol conqueror's career, but also of the history and culture of the empire that he founded and its longer-term legacy. By and large, it succeeds admirably. Following a comprehensive introduction (“Genghis Khan: Empire and Legacy”) by William Fitzhugh, the volume is divided into five sections: (I) “Before Genghis: Lands and Peoples of Mongolia,” (II) “Genghis [sic] Times,” (III) “The Mongolian Western Empire,” (IV) “Kublai Khan and Yuan China,” and (V) “Genghis Khan's Legacy.” There is a rich diversity of approaches: a number of both Mongolian and Japanese scholars appear among the contributors, while archaeologists and anthropologists are well represented alongside historians. Each of the papers brings to its theme a valuable expertise; some of them quite simply furnish a splendid overview of the narrative...
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Book Review| February 01 2011
Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire
Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire. Edited by William W. Fitzhugh, Morris Rossabi, and William Honeychurch.
Santa Barbara, Calif.:
2009. 317 pp. $40.00 (paper).
Journal of Asian Studies (2011) 70 (1): 223–225.
Peter Jackson; Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire. Journal of Asian Studies 1 February 2011; 70 (1): 223–225. doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0021911810003323
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