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The Mongol Empire: a review article

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  24 December 2009

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The publication of a new history of medieval Central Asia, over half of which is concerned with the empire of the Chingizid Mongols, provides an opportunity for a survey of a number of books on that subject that have appeared during the past decade. Professor Kwanten's book is, more or less avowedly, an attempt to replace Rene Grousset's L'empire des steppes as the standard introduction to Central Asian history. I begin, then, with the English translation of Grousset's celebrated book.

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Copyright © School of Oriental and African Studies 1981

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1 Kwanten, Luc, Imperial nomads: a history of central Asia 500–1500, xv, 352 pp., 10 plates. Leicester: Leicester University Press (1979). £13Google Scholar.

2 The empire of the steppes, tr. Walford, N., New Brunswick, 1970Google Scholar.

3 Introduction to Grousset, , Conqueror of the world, Edinburgh and London, 1967, XIVGoogle Scholar.

4 Published in the Ancient peoples and places series, London.

5 For earlier discussion of the Englishman, see e.g. Kingsley, Henry, Tales of old travel, London, 1869Google Scholar. Since then he has often been mentioned, e.g. by Brent, by Saunders, in his article on ‘Matthew Paris and the Mongols’, in Sandquist, T. A. and Powicke, M. R. (ed.), Essays in Medieval history presented to Bertie Wilkinson, Toronto, 1969, 116–32Google Scholar, and by Chambers in the book discussed below.

6 See. e.g., his articles collected as The Mongol world empire 1206–1370, London, 1977Google Scholar.

7 As illustrated, e.g., in the useful collection of texts he edited as History of the Mongols, referred to above.

8 The history of the Mongol conquests, 1.

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