Introduction 
The Mongol Empire
Scholar Voices
Successor States
Activities & Resources

  Geography | Chronology | Genealogy

The Pre-Modern Imperialism - The Mongols tutorial Web site is an introductory resource for the examination of the Mongols and their Empire. The tutorial chronicles key components in the development and expansion of the largest continuous land empire in the history of the world.

Empires have a very long pre-modern history. Most of the world's empires are pre-modern; the Persian Empire from the sixth to the fourth century B.C.E., Alexander's Empire, the Roman, the Byzantine, the Mughal Empire in India, the Ottoman, and a series of Chinese empires, among others. In sheer size the Mongol Empire rivaled them all. By the end of the thirteenth century the great steppe empire stretched from the Pacific Ocean to the plains of eastern Europe and included most of Asia. Although the term Pax Mongolica is an oversimplification, the cosmopolitan nature of the Mongol Empire contributed to the stability of overland connections and trade routes. The Mongol phenomenon, that a nomadic people of the inner Asian steppes became masters of an enormous empire, continues to fascinate scholars and students. The Pre-Modern Imperialism - The Mongols Web site is intended to bring users into contact with recent scholarship, primary material, scholarly essays, and online and print resources, among other things. The Web site developer endeavors to provide this material in an accessible and understandable fashion.

The site is structured into five parts. For each part there is a brief introduction, which provides links to the section topics. The first part, Introduction, includes a geographic overview of the Mongol Empire, a chronology, and a genealogy. Essays in The Mongol Empire section examine the foundation and expansion of the empire, the Mongol military, Mongol society, and the impact of the empire on trade networks. Successor States focuses on the expansion of the empire after the death of Genghis Khan, and Scholar Voices introduces users to current scholarship. Finally, the Activities and Resources section provides links to online materials--including map resources--lists significant print resources, and offers a variety of activities for students to pursue.

The tutorial is based on a project for the "Explorations in Empire" Summer Research Seminar at the Library of Congress in 2001. The seminar was made possible by an American Historical Association (AHA), Community College Humanities Association (CCHA), Library of Congress (LC) Grant, funded by the Ford Foundation.

  • The site is designed, created, and maintained by seminar participant, Carol A. Keller, Assistant Professor of History, San Antonio College.
  • Contributors include: David Morgan, Professor of History and Religious Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Timothy May, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Scholars participating in the Scholar Voices section are: Jerry H. Bentley, Professor of History, University of Hawaii; Prasenjit Duara, Professor of History and East Asian Languages and Civilizations, The University of Chicago; Dane Kennedy, Elmer Louis Keyser Professor of History and International Affairs, George Washington University; Roger Louis, Mildred Caldwell and Baine Perkins Kerr Centennial Chair in English History and Culture and Distinguished Teaching Professor, University of Texas-Austin; David Morgan, Professor of History and Religious Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Ann Stoler, Professor, Anthropology and History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbo; Margaret (Peg) Strobel, Professor, History and Gender and Women's Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago; Stefan Tanaka, Associate Professor, History, University of California, San Diego

Please note that the Web site remains under construction. Some sections are completed for immediate use; others will be completed for use in spring 2002.


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