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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (May 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019984089X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199840892
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Morris Rossabi is Distinguished Professor of History at the City University of New York and Adjunct Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History at Columbia University.

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Review – The Mongols A very short Introduction

“The Mongols: A Very Short Introduction” is what it says it is. For a quick overview of the rise of Ghengis Kahn and the next four generations of Mongol Rule from Hungry east through China with incursions into Russia, Korea and Japan, this is good. The details of the four main branches of the Ghengis Khan empire from about 1200 to about 1400 are fascinating. The military history is too complicated to understand in this short version, but the quick review is well done. The cultural and artisan history is also quite brief as expected from the title, but outlines the subject quite well. The book leaves one hungering for more. This book is necessary as the usual Western treatment of this topic is to ignore this history, important as it is. Combined with “The Silk Road A Very Short Introduction” by James Millward the reader can get a good snapshot of the importance of Central Asia and Mongolia.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. J. Reilly on September 24, 2012
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I suspect a number of students use this series to shorten the reading list, assuming the subject is a small part of some larger whole. I'm not a student and read for enjoyment and to satisfy an active curiosity about all kinds of things. I found the treatment of post-Genghis Khan succession consequences sufficiently clear to serve as a warning for anyone who neglects to tend to succession issues, be it in corporate settings or estate planning. i have purchased several of this series and this first effort makes me anticipate the others in a positive way.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bob of gulf point on August 15, 2014
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Quite good introduction to the Mongol imperial achievement but leaves plenty out
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stella Mather on December 21, 2012
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Morris Rossabi is an expert on Mongolia, both historically and currently. If you wonder what the Mongols did besides "conquer," this book is essential.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Jayne on September 9, 2012
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I used this book for a university paper and found it extremely helpful. It has the history of the Mongols before Chinggs Khan and after his rule! Would definitely recommend if you know nothing about them! I know I didn't until now.
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