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Bibliography

General Books on Mongolia
Primary Sources
Key Figures in Mongol History
The Mongol Conquests
The Mongols in Yuan-dynasty China
The Mongols in Iran, Europe, and Russia
The Mongols' Pastoral-Nomadic Life

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General Books on Mongolia

Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire edited by William Fitzhugh. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2009.

Encyclopedia of Mongolia and the Mongol Empire by Christopher Atwood. New York: Facts on File, 2004.

A Short History of the Mongols by George Lane. London: I.B. Tauris, 2018.

Mongolia’s Culture and Society by Sechin Jagchid and Paul Hyer. Boulder: Westview Press, 1979.

Inner Asian Frontiers of China by Owen Lattimore. New York: American Geographical Society, 1940.

Cambridge History of the Mongol Empire ed. By Michal Biran and Kim Hodong. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021.

Cambridge History of Inner Asia ed. by Nicola Di Cosmo, Allen Frank, and Peter Golden. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

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Primary Sources

The Mongols and Global History (Norton Documents Reader) by Morris Rossabi (New York: Norton, 2010).

Ala-ad-Din Ata-Malik Juvaini's account of the Mongols:
History of the World Conqueror, by John A. Boyle
Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1997.

Changchun's account of the Mongols:
The Travels of an Alchemist, by Arthur Waley
London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1931.

John of Plano Carpini's account of the Mongols:
Mission to Asia, edited by Christopher Dawson. New York: Harper and Row, 1966.

Marco Polo's account of the Mongols:
The Book of Ser Marco Polo: The Venetian Concerning Kingdoms and Marvels of the East, translated and edited by Colonel Sir Henry Yule
London: John Murray, 1903.

William of Rubruck's account of the Mongols:
The Mission of Friar William of Rubruck, edited by Peter Jackson and David Morgan
London: The Haklyut Society, 1990.

Zhou Daguan’s Travels:

Record of Cambodia: The Land and Its People translated by Richard Harris. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2007.

Translations of the anonymous Secret History of the Mongols:

The History and the Life of Chinggis Khan, by Urgunge Onon
Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1990.

The Secret History of the Mongols, by Igor de Rachewiltz. Leiden: Brill, 2003.

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Key Figures in Mongol History

Genghis Khan: His Life and Legacy, by Paul Ratchnevsky
(Translated by Thomas Haining, Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 1991)

Khubilai Khan: His Life and Times, by Morris Rossabi
(Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988)

Marco Polo, by A.C. Moule and P. Pelliot
(London: Routledge, 1938)

Marco Polo's Asia, by Leonardo Olschki
(Berkeley: University of California Press, 1960)

"Marco Polo Went to China," by Igor de Rachewiltz
(in Zentralasiatische Studien 27, 1997)

The Adventures of Ibn Battuta by Ross Dunn (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1986)

Blue Wolf: A Novel on the Life of Chinggis Khan by Yasushi Innoue (trans. by Joshua Fogel). New York: Columbia University Press, 2008. (Thames and Hudson)

Voyager from Xanadu, by Morris Rossabi
(Kodansha)

Women and the Making of the Mongol Empire by Anne Broadbridge. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018.

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The Mongol Conquests

The Mongol Art of War by Timothy May (London: Westholme, 2007)

The Devil's Horsemen: The Mongol Invasion of Europe, by James Chambers
(London: Cassell, 1988).

Khubilai Khan’s Lost Fleet by James Delgado. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008.

"The Mongols: Ecological and Social Perspectives," by Joseph Fletcher
(in Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, Volume 46, Issue 1, June 1986, pp. 11-50)

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The Mongols in Yuan-dynasty China

The Cambridge History of China, Volume 6: Alien Regimes and Border States, 907-1368, edited by H. Franke and D. Twitchett
(Cambridge University Press)

Hills Beyond a River, by James Cahill
(New York: Weatherhill, 1976)

"Kuan Tao-sheng," by Morris Rossabi
( in The Bulletin of Sung Yuan Studies, Volume 21, 1989)

China under Mongol Rule edited by John D. Langlois (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1981)

The World of Khubilai Khan: Chinese Art in the Yuan Dynasty edited by James Watt. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2010.

Daily Life in China on the Eve of the Mongol Invasion by Jacques Gernet. New York: Macmillan, 1962.

Marriage and the Law in the Age of Khubilai Khan. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2017.

The Politics of Chinese Medicine under Mongol Rule by Reiko Shinno. New York: Routledge, 2016.

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The Mongols in Iran, Europe, and Russia

Muscovy and the Mongols by Donald Ostrowski. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.

Mongols and the West by Peter Jackson. Harlow: Pearson Longman, 2005.

The Mongols and the Islamic World by Peter Jackson. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017.

Russia and the Mongol Impact on Medieval Russian History by Charles Halperin. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1985.

Culture and Conquest in Mongol Eurasia by Thomas Allsen. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

The Legacy of Genghis Khan: Courtly Art and Culture in Western Asia, 1256-1353 by Linda Komaroff and Stefano Carboni. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2002.

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The Mongols' Pastoral-Nomadic Life

Bounty from the Sheep: Autobiography of a Herdsman, by Tserendash Mankhainyambuu
(Translated by Mary Rossabi, with Introduction by Morris Rossabi, Cambridge: White Horse Press, 2000)

"Dietary Decadence and Dynastic Decline in the Mongol Empire," by John Masson Smith
(in Journal of Asian History, 34:1, 2000)

Dinosaurs of the Flaming Cliffs, by M. Novacek
(Doubleday Anchor)

The End of Nomadism? by C. Humphrey and D. Sneath
(Duke University Press)

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