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The Mongol Conquests in World History (Globalities) Hardcover – May 15, 2012
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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
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It includes the origins of empire, the development and coexistence of the several Chingatid states (such as the Ilkhanids in Persia). Chapters include Mongol administration (rather advanced for its time), the black death, the Mongol approach to making war, and more.
Key in the book is what the author calls the Chingatid Exchange, presumably derived from the concept of the Columbian Exchange. The thesis is that the Mongols for a time provided relative peace in much of the Eurasian area, which facilitated long range trade, and included the interchange of not only goods, but also ideas, inventions, crops and concepts. There has been a lot of debate among historians how Chinese inventions such as paper and gunpowder made it to Europe. This could be the answer, although it remains a theory. Others have noted the increased intercontinental contacts, so in a way, all May has done is give it a useful name. It makes sense to me and I think it has utility in discussing these things.
The maps are not very good. The illustrations, mostly of Persian origin, are better.