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Urban centres and the emergence of empires in Eastern Inner Asia

  • J. Daniel Rogers (a1), Erdenebat Ulambayar (a1) and Mathew Gallon (a2)

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The inner mechanics of Mongol empires are revealed through recent surveys by an American-Mongolian team. The large political confederations of high mobility which traditionally characterise the great Mongol empires of the first and second millennia AD are shown to have made use of highly sophisticated urban places which feature advanced planning and design, and impressive monumentality serving a variety of specific functions. Planning included open spaces within the walls reserved for the erection of tents.

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Urban centres and the emergence of empires in Eastern Inner Asia

  • J. Daniel Rogers (a1), Erdenebat Ulambayar (a1) and Mathew Gallon (a2)

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