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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: October 2019

3 - Changing Fortunes

from Part I - The Wider Historical Context

Summary

Chapter 3, “Changing Fortunes,” explores the Yuan court's effort to regain ascendance in eastern Eurasia through military campaigns and diplomatic initiatives. Drawing upon spiritual, military, and political resources, the Great Yuan court pursued its claims to legitimacy and power in Eurasia, fielding powerful armies that clashed with the forces of the newly ascendant Ming court. If the Yuan court suffered defeats, until the late 1380s, it could also claim major triumphs. After the assassination of the Yuan's Great Khan in 1388, however, more Mongol commanders confronted the choice of remaining loyal to the Chinggisids or offering their allegiance to the Ming throne.