The rise and fall of the Mongol Empire - Anne F. Broadbridge
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The Mongol Empire has inspired tremendous interest among scholars and the general public alike. But the languages required to study the topic are a barrier to research, since they include medieval versions of Mongolian, Chinese, Russian, Persian, Armenian, Georgian, Korean, Tibetan, Japanese, Uighur, Latin, French, Hungarian and Arabic, to name only some. Even if you read only translations, you still need English, German, French and Russian.
Mongol history is therefore fascinating, but a hard nut to crack, and we know less than we want to about many subjects. But we do have some things:
For a general history of the Mongol Empire, read Timothy May’s The Mongol Empire (2018). Here
Or check out the older but still good The Mongols, by David O. Morgan. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2007. Here
Since the Mongol military and their astonishing conquests were deservedly famous, learn why in Timothy May’s The Mongol Art of War (2007). And here
For women in the Mongol Empire:
Broadbridge, Anne F. Women and the Making of the Mongol Empire. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018. Here
De Nicola, Bruno. Women in Mongol Iran: The Khatuns, 1206-1335. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press 2017. And here
And if it’s the Mongols in China you seek, try Rossabi, Morris. Khubilai Khan: His life and times. Berkeley, University of California Press, 1988, 2009. Rossabi's Khubilai Khan
Khubilai was also made famous by Samuel Tayor Coleridge in his opium-fueled poem, “Kubla Khan.” For the text of Coleridge’s poem: Kubla Khan
For an explanation of the writing of the poem under the influence of a little opium:
Coleridge writes under the influence
For novels, see the work of John May or Conn Iggulden.
Or if you prefer movies, check out the trailer for Sergei Bodrov’s Mongol (2008), shot in Inner Mongolia (China) and Kazakhstan. Here’s the trailer: Mongol (Bodrov) trailer
By contrast, The Conqueror (1955), starring John Wayne and Susan Hayward, is universally described as the worst movie on the Mongols ever produced. Darker still, for years, ugly rumors have linked it to the premature deaths from cancer of most of the cast and crew, including Wayne and Hayward themselves, which might have been caused by filming downwind from nuclear test sites in Nevada. Here is a 2015 take from the UK newspaper, The Guardian: The Guardian on nuclear fallout and John Wayne
Or another take from Medical Bag: Death of John Wayne
Finally, don’t miss the Crash Course in History lesson on the Mongols: Mongols Crash Course
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