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The Mongol Conquests in World History (Reaktion Books - Globalities) Hardcover – May 15, 2012

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Product Details

  • Series: Reaktion Books - Globalities
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books (May 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861898673
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861898678
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #299,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Written with both clarity and zest and resting upon a wide range of recent scholarship, this book will be widely welcomed as a contribution to the study of world history."  Peter Jackson--History Today   historytoday.com/blog/2012/08/mongol-conquests-world-history

“As the subject of world history becomes more and more popular, May’s work is an admirable contribution to this field and a necessary guide for teaching and research today.”
(H-Net Reviews)

“This vividly written book that manifests the author’s fascination with its subject will become a useful textbook for world history courses and for classes on the Mongol empire.”
(Journal of Asian Studies)

“General readers will have a lot to mull over, and specialists will be stunned at the range of material May fearlessly took upon himself. . . . He also leaves no technical term unexplained; no group, person, or place unidentified; no theme ignored. In addition he includes the picturesque, gruesome, or even funny details that undergraduates will remember and discuss at parties. His scope, ambition, and many of his results deserve to be commended.”
(Journal of World History)

“Although globalisation is not a phenomenon that is readily associated with the Middle Ages, May makes a strong case for the emergence of a quasi-global system from the early-thirteenth to the mid-fourteenth century. . . . Written with both clarity and zest and resting upon a wide range of recent scholarship, this book will be widely welcomed as a contribution to the study of world history.” 
(History Today)

“There is much food for thought here. . . . This is a wonderful book for teaching and for new ideas; not the least of its virtues is May’s dry humour, which pops up when least expected. He brings us to the forefront of recent research and conjecture. . . . this is the book of choice for a course that explores the world that the Mongols helped to make.” 
(Journal of Global History)

“This volume’s primary purpose is to show how the Mongols were a catalyst for change in the first stage of true globalization in human history. Rather than the usual focus on only the negative aspects of the Mongols conquests, May stresses their positive role and contribution to Eurasian history, analyzing the Mongols’ influence and legacy. . . . Both general readers and specialists can benefit from this well-written history. Recommended.” 

“In this new and impressive contribution to the fields of Central Asian and world history, May advocates locating the foundations of the modern world with the Mongol conquests. May is similarly concerned with identifying the lasting legacies of the Mongol Empire, but readers will find this volume to be significantly less biased and more constructive than other recent revisionist efforts . . . a very fine study.” 
(Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies)

About the Author

Timothy May is Professor of Central Eurasian and Middle Eastern History at North Georgia College and State University. He is also the author of The Mongol Art of War: Chinggis Khan and the Mongol Military System and Culture and Customs of Mongolia.

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Timothy May is Professor of Central Eurasian History at the University of the North Georgia. He is the author of the THE MONGOL CONQUESTS IN WORLD HISTORY, THE MONGOL ART OF WAR, and CULTURE AND CUSTOMS OF MONGOLIA. His is also the author of numerous chapters, articles, and over one hundred encyclopedia entries.

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By Thomas Tyler on October 28, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Timothy May takes the Mongol Empire, a subject which has often been the subject of regional historians, and turns it into a true world history. May begins chronologically, covering the Mongols from the rise of Chingghis Khan to the empire’s dissolution. After chronologically giving the history, he proceeds to explain the Mongols and their influences in trade, warfare, administration, religion, demographic trends, and cultural exchanges. May’s most significant contribution in this work, is his coinage of the term “Chingghis exchange”, which he uses to explain cross-cultural exchanges in Eurasia facilitated by the Mongols. He contends that the Mongols, rather the Europeans, created a truly global world by 1350. This argument is a strong one, evinced mainly by the number of people affected by the Mongols compared to the European Age of Exploration. The expanse of the Mongol Empire allowed for the diffusion of ideas, technology etc., thereby globalizing Eurasia. May makes use of the existing historiography, exposing its lack of global perspective and pointing out historiographical difficulties such as the vast number of primary source languages necessary to fully research the topic. Despite this, May still manages to make use of a variety of primary sources from different regions, but most significantly synthesizing regional studies into a broad, global perspective which is necessary to fully understand the extent of the Mongol impact on the world. This work’s strength is that it takes a gigantic topic and squeezes it into a manageable book. It is an engaging, well-written work that does a great job holding the reader’s interest. It is filled with illustrations, its only possible weakness being a lack of detailed maps. Overall, it is an excellent read and really captures the essence of the Mongol Empire as a global force of connectivity, rather than just a steamroller of civilizations.
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