ASST 115
The World of the Mongol Empire Spring 2018 Division II; Writing-Intensive; Cross-listed as ASST115 / HIST115
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By the middle of the thirteenth century, Mongol armies led by Genghis Khan had conquered an enormous swath of territory, extending from China westward to Eastern Europe. Further expanded by Genghis’s descendants, the Mongol Empire incorporated a vast range of different peoples and cultures, enhancing communications, trade, and exchange among them. In this course we will examine the “world order” of the Mongol Empire from its origins on the Asian steppe through its expansion, consolidation, disintegration, and legacies for later periods. From a wide range of primary and secondary sources, including travelers’ accounts, chronicles, art, and literature, we will investigate the diverse experiences of the Mongol world in different places, such as China, Russia, Persia, and Central Asia.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 15-19
Class#: 3430
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, several short papers, and a final research paper
Extra Info: not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: first-year or sophomore standing; juniors or seniors with permission of instructor
Enrollment Preference: first-year students and then sophomores who have not previously taken a 100-level seminar
Distributions: Division II; Writing-Intensive;
Attributes: GBST East Asian Studies Electives; HIST Group B Electives - Asia; HIST Group P Electives - Premodern;

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