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The World of the Mongol Empire
/ ASST 115
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.
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
active participation in discussion, several short papers, and a final research paper
first-year or sophomore standing; juniors or seniors with permission of instructor
first-year students and then sophomores who have not previously taken a 100-level seminar
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
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.
GBST East Asian Studies Electives
HIST Group B Electives - Asia
HIST Group G Electives - Global History
HIST Group P Electives - Premodern