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Historical dictionary of the Mongol world empire
Buell, Paul D.
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Lanham, MD : The Scarecrow Press, Inc., [2003]

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xliv, 335 pages : maps ; 23 cm.
Mongolia before empire -- Mongol empire (1206-1260) -- Qanate China (1260-1368) -- Golden Horde -- Chagatay Qanate and Qaydu -- Ilqanate -- The dictionary -- Appendix A: Mongolian scripts -- Appendix B: Glossary of Mongolian words -- Appendix C: Eating at the Qan's table.
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DS19 .B84 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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This Dictionary, the first work of its kind written in English, examines the history of the Mongol Empire, the pre-imperial era of Mongolian history that preceded it, and the various Mongol successor states that continued to dominate Eurasia long after the breakdown of Mongol unity. Divided into three parts, the first section is comprised of six introductory essays devoted to the: o Mongolia from the birth of Tem jin to the establishment of a Mongol Empire in 1206 o The Mongol Empire, 1206-1260 o The successor qanate of China o Mongol Iran o Ca'adai qanate of Turkistan o Golden Horde The second section contains 865 entries with more than 600 topics including: o Persons o Institutions o Terminology o Battles o Aspects of material culture o Geographical features of importance The third section is comprised of a detailed bibliographical essay and three appendices.

Author Notes

Paul D. Buell is Owner/Manager, Alpha-Omega Research and Translation, Seattle, and Lecturer, Department of Independent Learning, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington.

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Buell's useful dictionary focuses on the great empire that rose and fell between 1206 and 1356 and covered China, Central Asia, and much of the Middle East. Intended for nonspecialists, this subject encyclopedia's essential features include a chronology, maps, and brief entries for important persons, places, battles, and events, including social, economic, and demographic conditions. Topics include Alexander Nevsky, Cinggis-Qan, Crimea, Islam, Marco Polo, population, qan, religion, shamans, social structure, Song Dynasty, Tatars, taxation, Teutonic Knights, and textiles. Notes examine words and terms, including transliteration. A 100-page introduction consists of six chronological essays stretching from early Mongolia to the final years of the Empire in 1356, and surveying the cycles of warfare, expansion, consolidation, disruption, and decline. The entries and the essays are cross-referenced. Three appendixes provide Mongolian scripts, Mongolian words and terms, and recipes. The bibliography surveys scholarship in the field (19 subtopics; 15 pages) mostly in English but including works in German, French, Chinese, Japanese, Mongolian, and Turkish. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General and academic collections. J. Levy University of North Texas