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ASST 115
The World of the Mongol Empire Fall 2019
Division II Writing Skills
Cross-listed HIST 115 / ASST 115

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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 and the Middle East. 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,and disintegration, as well as its legacies. From a wide range of primary and secondary sources, including literature, chronicles, and traveler’s accounts, we will investigate the diverse experiences of the Mongol world in places such as China, Russia, Persia, and Central Asia.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 15-19
Class#: 1125
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: active participation in discussion, several short papers, and a final research paper
Prerequisites: first-year or sophomore standing; juniors or seniors with permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: first-year students and then sophomores who have not previously taken a 100-level seminar
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
HIST 115 Division II ASST 115 Division II
WS Notes: Three 5- to 7-page papers written in two drafts each with instructor feedback, one 10- to 12-page final research paper. Students will receive from the instructor timely comments on their writing skills, with suggestions for improvement.
Attributes: GBST East Asian Studies Electives
HIST Group B Electives - Asia
HIST Group G Electives - Global History
HIST Group P Electives - Premodern

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