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1. The Secret History of the Mongols:
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2. Gobi: Tracking the Desert
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3. In The Empire of Genghis Khan:
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4. Modern Mongolia : From Khans to
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5. A History of Inner Asia
6. Encyclopedia of Mongolian and
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7. Women of Mongolia
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8. In Search of Genghis Khan
9. Lost Country: Mongolia Revealed
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10. Travels in Mongolia, 1902: A Journey
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11. Imperial Mongolian Cooking: Recipes
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12. The Desert Road to Turkestan (Kodansha
13. Nomadic Empires: From Mongolia
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14. Qaidu and the Rise of the Independent
15. Dee Mack Williams. Beyond Great
16. Changing Inner Mongolia: Pastoral
17. The Mongol Mission: Narratives
18. Modern Mongolia: Reclaiming Genghis
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19. Mongolian Music, Dance, &
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20. A History of Russia, Central Asia

1. The Secret History of the Mongols: A Mongolian Epic Chronicle of the Thirteenth Century (Brill's Inner Asian Library)
by Igor De Rachewiltz
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Asin: 9004131590
Catlog: Book (2004-01-01)
Publisher: Brill Academic Pub
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The 13th century Secret History of the Mongols, covering the great Èinggis Qan’s (1162-1227) ancestry and life, stands out as a literary monument of first magnitude. Written partly in prose and partly in epic poetry, it is the major native source on Èinggis Qan, also dealing with part of the reign of his son and successor Ögödei (1229-41).

This true handbook contains an historical introduction, a full translation of the chronicle in accessible English, plus an extensive commentary. Indispensable for the historian, the Sino-Mongolist, the Altaic philologist, and anyone interested in comparative literature and Central Asian folklore. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Definitive Version of the Secret History of the Mongols
For decades students of "The Secret History of the Mongols" (the primary source on the life of Genghis Khan) have been using de Rachewiltz's indexed text and his tentative chapter-by-chapter translations. Now we have his 1500 page magnum opus. De Rachewiltz has mastered the secondary literature in all the relevant languages including Mongolian and even Hungarian, and this work is really the culmination of a century and a half of work by dozens of scholars. At $214 almost nobody can afford this 1500-page set, but every serious research library should have it. Perhaps a condensed popular edition will also be published soon. ... Read more

2. Gobi: Tracking the Desert
by John Man
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Asin: 0300076096
Catlog: Book (1999-11-01)
Publisher: Yale University Press
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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It's better to travel to Mongolia in summer than in winter. In summer the temperatures can hit 115 degrees Fahrenheit, but that's easier to survive than the -40 of January. Both are preferable to spring, though, when, John Man writes in this vivid story of wilderness adventure, "brutal cold gives way to sand-blasting gales that can flay exposed skin and strip the paint from a car."

Man has seen these Mongolian weathers up close, wandering around this vast country in search of its peculiar wildlife--a menagerie that includes rare wild camels and horses, mountain sheep, wolves, desert bears, and the elusive snow leopard. With the fall of Communism in the early 1990s, Man writes, Mongolia's economy had collapsed. Mongolians had responded, as always in times of stress, by leaving their cities and returning to the countryside to live off the land. In the late 1990s, with the economy improving, Mongolians were going back to their offices and shops, but with a new determination to protect the backcountry from the excesses of development that had ravaged neighboring China and Russia. As a result, the Mongolian government had taken an unusual step: not only would it encourage preservation by creating huge national parks and wilderness preserves, but it would also declare the entire, vast nation a special biosphere reserve, attracting both ecotourism and funding from international wildlife organizations.

The plan worked. And, Man is happy to report, Mongolia's wildlife seems to be thriving in a time when wild nature is in decline around the world.Armchair travelers and conservationists alike will find his book to be inspiring reading. --Gregory McNamee ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Window to a surprising corner of the world
The author's somewhat standard travelogue visit to Mongolia is escalated to excellence through two key things: the detail he provides about a little-documented country, and the insight that bridges Western concepts of society and natural beauty with those of Mongolia.

It may help a great deal to be interested in Mongolia or Central Asia before you pick up this book, but if you have even the slightest interest in the area Man will draw you in completely. While at first you might consider reading the book to learn about Mongolia without going there, Man paints in this blank corner of most people'e world view so well that you wish for much more contact with the country and its people. ... Read more

3. In The Empire of Genghis Khan: An Amazing Odyssey Through the Lands of the Most Feared Conquerors in History
by Stanley Stewart
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Asin: 1585747033
Catlog: Book (2002-11-18)
Publisher: The Lyons Press
Sales Rank: 116726
Average Customer Review: 3.88 out of 5 stars
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Vivid, hilarious, and compelling, this eagerly awaited book takes its place among the travel classics. It is a thrilling tale of adventure, a comic masterpiece, and an evocative portrait of a medieval land marooned in the modern world. Eight and a half centuries ago, under Genghis Khan, the Mongols burst forth from Central Asia in a series of spectacular conquests that took them from the Danube to the Yellow Sea. Their empire was seen as the final triumph of the nomadic "barbarians."In this remarkable book Stanley Stewart sets off on a pilgrimage across the old empire, from Istanbul to the distant homeland of the Mongol hordes. The heart of his odyssey is a thousand-mile ride, traveling by horse, through trackless land. On a journey full of bizarre characters and unexpected encounters, he crosses the desert and mountains of Central Asia to arrive at the windswept grasslands of the steppes, the birthplace of Genghis Khan. (6 x 9, 288 pages)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Persistent sarcasm saps an otherwise first-rate travelogue
An award-winning travel writer decides to make a trip on horseback across one of the most unknown and unforgiving terrains - to Westerners - on the planet and then to write about his journey. We have certain expectations. We'll learn something about the people and their customs. The scenery and landscape will be revealed as novel and inspiring. The region's history will be uncovered. Or perhaps the book will be filled with adventures and mishaps that make for good story-telling.

"In the Empire of Genghis Khan" is made up all those elements, and author Stanley Stewart handles most of them especially well. Others, not so well.

Stewart begins with a crossing from Istanbul to the western edge of Mongolia on slightly modern conveyances. He intends to roughly follow the path of a 13th century missionary, Friar William of Rubruck. These first legs of the journey are indeed characterized by situations and characters whose portrayals remind a reader of a Joseph Conrad novel.

Once in Mongolia, Stewart saddles up his first horse. He uses the Friar's account as a foil for contrasting with his own 20th century encounters. But the author is most successful when describing the Mongolian countryside, which has changed little from that earlier exploration. In this Stewart's language is evocative and crisp, capable of creating a truly unique atmospheric texture.

Otherwise, Stewart writes in a slight but persistent mocking tone. This sardonic tinge spares only the landscape, the occasional attractive woman, and the author's own thoughts. Mongolian customs and most Mongolians are treated with more than a trace of condescension. Even Mongolian hospitality which seems to the reader engaging and unfailing is treated with subtle derision. And Stewart proves to be an equal-opportunity derider, mocking Russians in a way that calls up the usual stereotypes. Some of this Stewart pulls off in humorous fashion. But the incessant mockery leaves the reader questioning the author's ability to truly appreciate a different way of life. It's an odd weakness - or choice - for a serial traveler.

As he recounts his journey, Stewart educates us on Mongolian history. The Genghis Kahn story is integrated with the travelogue in effective fashion. As for more recent history, the author provides only the minimally requisite facts until near the end. Then in the penultimate chapter he unloads the details of the Soviet occupation and eventual withdrawal in somewhat textbook fashion. Although fascinating enough in its interplay with aspects of Mongolian character, the chapter seems perfunctory and of little real interest to Stewart.

But these failures of nuance are continually redeemed by Stewart's descriptions when actually on horseback, seemingly alone with the elements. Here Stewart seems to have an inexhaustible supply of on-target metaphors. Crystalline sentences convey a real sense of why travel to new reaches is always compelling, even when vicarious.

1-0 out of 5 stars Humiliating
An insult to all Mongolians. In my Mongolian extensive travels I never saw Mongolians as this writer describes them. Instead I found the Mongolians to be kind, considerate and a joy to meet. This author needs to rethink his writing motives. Just to be humerous he degrades fine poeple. Not a book I would recomend.

3-0 out of 5 stars Native Mongolian blasts truth of travel book
The more I read this book the more I feel humiliated as a Mongolian who was born in the countryside and grew up among these people. This book is too far from the truth. Of course, I admire the author's courage to travel across Mongolia by horse, but the difficulties he had while traveling and his negative attitude can not be blamed on country people with big hearts who tried to be kind and to show their warmest hospitality in every way they could. Indeed they were responsible for his survival many times. His description of people was racist and portrayed them as primitive and ugly. As a Mongolian, I am extremely offended by his views and opinions of my country and I definitely would not recommend this book as a valid picture of Mongolia and its people. However, I thought his description of the countryside and history was very accurate and complimentary.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mongolian Dream!
I very much enjoyed this travel book! I especially like the lead-in, Stanley does not just drop into Mongolia - he leads the reader across Asia and into Mongolia through history and beautiful transitions. It is tough to believe he passed up so many female opportunities. But I am hoping he was just being British! I enjoyed his positive humorous outlook on all the people that crossed his path.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!!!
Since 1980, the Thomas Cook Travel Book of the Year has been considered the travel writing equivalent to the Booker or Pulitzer, and this Stewart's second book to win the prestigious honor. The book's framework is Stewart's plan to travel from roughly the western edge of the 12th-century Mongol empire to the mountain in eastern Mongolia where Ghengis Khan was buried. The first quarter of the book covers his trip from Istanbul to the the Crimea on a decrepit Russian cargo ship, across Ukraine, Russia, and Kazakhstan by train, and by air into Mongolia. This is all warmup for Mongolia itself, as he intersperses the history Mongol conquest with that of a proselytizing mission made by a Franciscan monk to the Mongol court in 1253, as well as his own encounters with a gun-toting teenage Russian smuggler, a Dickens-loving Russian procuress, and various lonely souls.

Once in Mongolia, Stewart switches to horseback, as his plan is to ride over 1,000 miles across its breadth. With a succession of translators, guides, and horses, he find that the happiest and healthiest Mongols live virtually the same nomadic lives as their ancestors of five centuries ago. Even accounting for a certain degree of romanticization of the countryside, it's hard to find anything redeeming about the settlements he passes through. Virtually all are crumbling towns with few permanent residents beyond a mayor, policeman, and a few other caretakers. These regional centers are ugly concrete legacies of the Soviet era which have been largely abandoned since the end of Soviet aid and seem destined to return to the earth.

Out in the countryside, Stewart meets innumerable nomads, takes part in a wedding, visits a shaman, goes to a festival which includes horse-races and wrestling, and generally finds the people to be friendly and curious. Of course the landscape features prominently, and people with horses may find themselves yearning to across the world to ride next to history's most famous horsemen. The real pleasure of the book is that while Stewart does all these fascinating things, he writes about it in simply stunning prose liberally sprinkled with humor and heart. [...]

It's a fascinating and funny book, and one that should read by anyone with an interest in other cultures. One interesting footnote: in discussing the book, several professional reviews have said that the Mongolian nomadic life will likely "die out in our lifetime." This is directly opposite to what Stewart describes! He is very clear that the nomadic lifestyle is the only one which makes much sense in a country like Mongolia, and that the vast majority of people prefer not to live in urban areas! ... Read more

4. Modern Mongolia : From Khans to Commissars to Capitalists
by Morris Rossabi
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Asin: 0520244192
Catlog: Book (2005-04-15)
Publisher: University of California Press
Sales Rank: 377124
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Land-locked between its giant neighbors, Russia and China, Mongolia was the first Asian country to adopt communism and the first to abandon it. When the Soviet Union collapsed in the early 1990s, Mongolia turned to international financial agencies--including the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank--for help in compensating for the economic changes caused by disruptions in the communist world. Modern Mongolia is the best-informed and most thorough account to date of the political economy of Mongolia during the past decade. In it, Morris Rossabi explores the effects of the withdrawal of Soviet assistance, the role of international financial agencies in supporting a pure market economy, and the ways that new policies have led to greater political freedom but also to unemployment, poverty, increasingly inequitable distribution of income, and deterioration in the education, health, and well-being of Mongolian society.
Rossabi demonstrates that the agencies providing grants and loans insisted on Mongolia's adherence to a set of policies that did not generally take into account the country's unique heritage and society. Though the sale of state assets, minimalist government, liberalization of trade and prices, a balanced budget, and austerity were supposed to yield marked economic growth, Mongolia--the world's fifth-largest per capita recipient of foreign aid--did not recover as expected. As he details this painful transition from a collective to a capitalist economy, Rossabi also analyzes the cultural effects of the sudden opening of Mongolia to democracy. He looks at the broader implications of Mongolia's international situation and considers its future, particularly in relation to China.
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5. A History of Inner Asia
by Svat Soucek
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Asin: 0521657040
Catlog: Book (2000-02-17)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Thisaccessible introduction to Inner Asia traces its history from the arrival of Islam, through the various dynasties to the Russian conquest. The contemporary focus rests on the seven countries that make up present-day Eurasia: Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Sinkiang and Mongolia. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, renewed interest in these countries has prompted considerable debate. While a divergent literature has evolved, no comprehensive survey of the region exists. This book will fill the gap and become indispensable for anyone studying or visiting the area. ... Read more

6. Encyclopedia of Mongolian and the Mongol Empire
by Christopher P. Atwood
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Catlog: Book (2004-07-01)
Publisher: Facts on File
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7. Women of Mongolia
by Martha Avery
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Asin: 0937321052
Catlog: Book (1996-09-01)
Publisher: Asian Art & Archaeology
Sales Rank: 94535
Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars interesting but not informative
I enjoy books like this one. Probably it's a bad case of nosiness, but I like to find out about other peoples' lives. When such stories are combined with attractive black and white photos, well, that's all the better. Martha Avery conducted interviews with a wide variety of Mongolian women, from street sweepers to ambassadors. This book is the result. You can find recipes for marmot, learn how to put up a ger, or yurt, or learn about the difficulties of doing paleo-anthropological studies in a poor country or what it was like to be the first female student sent to do higher studies in Russia. Mongolia's economic struggles since the end of Soviet dominance are highlighted. WOMEN OF MONGOLIA is clearly and simply written. Perhaps therein lies my reluctance to award this book more than 3 stars. Readers with little knowledge of Mongolia's past or present will not finish the book much the wiser, though the vignettes may arouse their curiosity. The book might be described as "Mongolia Lite", pleasant but not highly-informative. You get vivid impressions, but the interviews are not particularly complex, hard-hitting or deep. Some respondents did open their personal lives to the author, however, she did not speak Mongolian, making the authenticity of the results somewhat murkier in the cases where the women did not speak English. The reader finds nothing out about why Avery did these interviews or what her purpose in Mongolia was. I believe she was there to help the Mongolian media begin to develop a life of its own and was employed by the Soros Foundation. The book lacks a defined aim and reference to other works on the country. "I am in Mongolia for other reasons." is the very oblique single sentence about herself. This statement resembles the only map---which is basically illegible---though she interviewed people all around the country and mentioned many provinces or geographical features. This would be an attractive present for somebody interested in Mongolia, or just back from the country. While stressing that this is a very attractive book for curious people like me, it is also rather superficial.

5-0 out of 5 stars Snapshots
This book is a series of short interviews with Mongolian women about their wives. The author was apparently in Mongolia in the early 1990s to conduct archeological research. While she was there, she talked to women of all walks of life about their jobs, their families, and their dreams. Included in this collection are talks with diplomats and doctors, camel herders and street sweepers. Avery presents these interviews as short first person monologues. Many of the stories are accompanied by photographs. I found the book quite fascinating, and wished that the photographs could have been printed in color. This book will be of interest to anyone who wants to learn about the conditions of Mongolian women shortly after the fall of communism.

4-0 out of 5 stars Unique women , unique culture
Martha Avery has, in this fascinating collection of autobiographical accounts from Mongolian women, presented a unique and varied perspective on the dramatic changes affecting this country in transition toward democracy and a capitalist economy. She draws her portraits from women of all walks of life, rural and urban, educated and uneducated. And, while Avery does not draw any sociopolitical conclusions from these brief biographies or claim any unique vision of Mongolia through these women, an overall pattern does emerge of women intensely involved with their own destinies and with the destiny of the Mongolian People's Republic, its land and people.

Avery has chosen women from a broad spectrum of educational backgrounds and professions: archaeologists and artists, craftswomen and camel herders, social worker and street sweepers. All of these women are educated or at least value higher education and seek it for their daughters. There is a strong sense of continuity with previous generations, as women describe what their mothers and fathers have done and relate it to their own goals. Mongolian women do not have the same history of male dominance that we find in Chinese culture. Although Mongolian culture has always been nominally patriarchal, there are many examples of capable women heading households and even governments. This sort of potential comes through clearly in Avery's portraits. These are resourceful dynamic women who are active participants in the current climate of ongoing changes that affect Mongolia. From the tractor driver who still reveres Lenin to the Buddhist grandmother, from the new mother the the cabinet minister, each woman has a vision for herself and for her family and all share a common sense of active control in their own lives.

An interesting view of history also arises from these women's stories. One woman described her husband as having come from Inner Mongolia. She then amends this noting that, in fact, it was the husband?s ancestors who had immigrated over 200 years earlier; making it apparent that to this couple a sense of tribal history and of belonging to the tribe trancends the generations. Woven into each woman's tale are some details on Mongolian life and culture: how to set up and arrange a yurt, the making of buttered tea, traditional Mongolian painting styles, the making of felt. Avery shows her women working side-by-side with their men, equitable and outspoken partners in their relationships.

In some ways Avery?s book presents a limited and somewhat simplistic portrait of Mongolia. The individual stories are quite short, a feature that, although frustrating to the reader seeking a more comprehensive look at these women, does allows her to include over forty women and yet not overwhelm the more casual reader. She has carefully selected these women with an eye to diversity of both background and opinion. One major asset of the work is the exceptional collection of photographs that add intriguing cultural details like the storage of tools in a yurt or the variety of tribal costume. Avery sees herself primarily as a reporter, limiting her own interpretations to her preface, preferring to question and observe her subjects and let their responses speak for themselves. The benefit of Avery?s collection of stories is nothing specifically stated in the text, but rather the overall view, of these various Mongolian women as vibrant, hardworking and self-reliant individuals who choose to be active participants in their society and their own futures.

5-0 out of 5 stars Grace under pressure
Ms Avery has written a wonderful book filled with beautiful photographs. She was one of the first Westerners to bring to us a glimpse of what life is really like for women and their families in modern Mongolia. As I read about these women and look at their pictures I find myself really caring about them and years later, still wondering how they are faring.
Do yourself a favor and buy this lovely, thoughtful book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting but not entrancing
Looking at the Women of Mongolia was a good idea. The format of the book was fresh - taking a photo of the woman and printing that with a "spapshot" of her life. While it was interesting, I found it lacking a certain vibrance, or tone that made it a little tiring to read. ... Read more

8. In Search of Genghis Khan
by Tim Severin, Paul Harris
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Catlog: Book (2003-10-01)
Publisher: Cooper Square Publishers
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Part travelogue and part historical recreation of the legendary journey of the barbaric Mongol warrior Genghis Khan, Severin employs his trademark wit and insight to offer a rare glimpse of a region seldom seen by Westerners and attempts to retrace the gr ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting Mix of Mongolian Travel and History
In this book Tim Severin is not really searching for Genghis Khan himself, as the title states, but for traces of the lifestyle and traditions in the modern world that have been inspired by the great leader. Severin traveled throughout the vast and sparse nation of Mongolia, mostly by horse and in the company of herdsmen who still lived the semi-nomadic lifestyle that had endured for centuries. Severin includes fascinating descriptions of the harsh Mongolian landscapes and good character sketches of his companions. An added bonus is coverage of the semi-autonomous Kazakh people of the western part of the country, along with interesting ruminations on the death throes of Communism that were developing at the time. Interspersed with the travelogue are an engaging history of the Mongolian people and a compendium of knowledge of Genghis Khan and his conquering exploits. On the bad side, Severin is not a very strong writer (or needs a better editor), and he is often unnecessarily judgmental. This is evident in cruel conclusions about a member of the expedition named Ariunbold, a bureaucrat whose poor leadership deserved criticism, but Severin gets personal. The final chapter should probably be ignored as Severin passes judgment on the character and intelligence of the Mongolian people and the effects of their vast history, giving rather condescending pontifications of another people's culture and history. Fortunately, interesting tales of the Mongolian people and their intriguing landscape and history keep this book mostly enjoyable. [~doomsdayer520~] ... Read more

9. Lost Country: Mongolia Revealed
by Jasper Becker
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Catlog: Book (1995-06-01)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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10. Travels in Mongolia, 1902: A Journey by C. W. Campbell, the British Consul in China
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Catlog: Book (2001-03-01)
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11. Imperial Mongolian Cooking: Recipes from the Kingdoms of Genghis Khan
by Marc Cramer
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Catlog: Book (2000-12-01)
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Delicious, authentic and simple
Marc Cramer's book, Imperial Mongolian Cooking, rings true. Too often ethnic cookbooks err by either presenting recipes with ingredients and utensils so exotic that unless you happen to be travelling through the Khyber Pass, they are impossible to achieve. Or, cookbooks are so generic and bland that you'd wish you had eaten out rather than bought the book. Marc Cramer's Imperial Mongolian Cooking happily attains the golden mean where new techniques are introduced clearly, but with a combination of herbs, oils and spices that refreshes the palate, delights the nose and satisfies the appetite. I cooked a five course meal for my fiance -- who happens to be Mongolian -- using this book. I picked out recipes that reminded me of what I had eaten during my own travels to Central Asia, Inner Mongolia and the homes of my Ukrainian and Russian friends. Each dish -- from the lamb shashlyk in Georgian Plumb Sauce to the Uzbeki walnut cookies -- rang true. "Saihon oo!" he proclaimed, which is Mongolian for "Excellent!"

The book's only weakness is that I would have appreciated some drawings on how to fold cookies and shape pastries. Perhaps that is something that can be easily rectified when the book goes into its second edition.

One last note, for those who have thought for food and would like food for thought, I would again heartily recommend this book. Mr. Cramer does a wonderful job of mixing in stories of his family's Mongolian Russian roots and highlights of Mongolian history and culture into his excellent tome. Enjoy!

5-0 out of 5 stars Brave New Cookery World
I was looking for something fresh and original when a friend told me about Imperial Mongolian Cooking. My curiosity got the better of me and I found I loved the book and the recipes. This is a very unusual cooking in concept, because it explores the cookery of Genghis Khan's empire, which included two dozen countries, but the recipes are carefully selected, easy to follow and just terrific. Loved it. Would I recommend it? Absolutely.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sizzling Cookbook -- Meals Fit for a Khan
Just when I was beginning to lose hope of ever finding a genuinely interesting cookbook there's finally a fresh and original collection of recipes for us jaded cooks to enjoy. Imperial Mongolian Cooking is a collection of truly delicious recipes from the various countries that constituted the empire of Genghis Khan, including Asian and European dishes. The dishes are wonderfully exotic and tasty but they are also remarkably quick, easy, and economical to prepare. And fun, too. I really enjoyed the author's engaging introduction, which had as much flair and spirit as the recipes themselves. The chapters that followed really brought home the bacon with some truly imaginative recipes that were clearly written and resulted in some delightful meals. No, I haven't yet cooked everything in the book but I can always try. It's worth the effort because this cookbook really delivers. I especially enjoyed shashlyk, a Georgian-come-Russian shish kabob of marinated lamb that's smothered in delicious plum sauce. My wife loved the Persian spinach salad and the little ones wolfed down the Central Asian samsa walnut fritters like there was no tomorrow. If you are looking for a cookbook with a difference, you can't go wrong with Imperial Mongolian Cooking. This is one of the best cookbooks I've ever bought. Bravo! ... Read more

12. The Desert Road to Turkestan (Kodansha Globe)
by Owen Lattimore
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Catlog: Book (1995-11-01)
Publisher: Kodansha Globe
Sales Rank: 654327
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars What a great book!
I finished reading Owen Lattimore's The Desert Road to Turkestan yesterday, and rarely have I been so completely, thoroughly and delightedly sandbagged by a book. I spent all day in bed absorbed in Lattimore's travels with a Chinese camel caravan through Western China and the Gobi desert in 1926-7. This definitely qualifies as a first-rate example of the "Are You Out of Your Mind!" travel book genre. It's even better than The Seven Pillars of Wisdom. On top of that, Lattimore was one of the 20th centuries finest Asian Scholars. Buy, Read, Enjoy!

2-0 out of 5 stars Three attempts and still at page three
I got to page three on three occasions and it's now collecting dust. Owen Lattimore may have been a explorer and a beacon for sensible China research during the US witch hunt days, but this isn't gripping travel writing. Maybe it's the fact that he uses old fashioned transliteration of Chinese names, I don't know, but I just couldn't get into it.

I'll definitely try again, another time. First hand accounts from explorers heading off into the wild blue yonder are normally hard to put down. If ony Lattimore could write like Great Game guru Peter Hopkirk. What a shame.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best accounts of travel in China ever written
This is an account of a journey across the Gobi Desert by camel in the early part of the 20th century at a time when central government control was fragmentary at best--a time of warlords, bandits, and the rapid decline of a great number of traditional practices in China. The author, a fluent Chinese speaker, sometime journalist, and wool trader for a company in Tianjin, hired camels to join one of the last of the trading caravans travelling between Xinjiang an what is now Inner Mongolia. From observations of the manners and customs of the caravans, through details of language, to descriptions of the various hazards of the journey, Lattimore (an American who was later persecuted in the anti-Communist witch-hunts of the 60s for his knowledge of China) is both perceptive and witty, and his book is infused with a sympathy for the people and their soon-to-vanish way of life.

This charming, amusing, and intelligent book is one of the best travel books on China ever written, several leagues above most modern accounts, and is likely to remain in print for a long time to come. ... Read more

13. Nomadic Empires: From Mongolia to the Danube
by Gerard Chaliand, A. M. Berrett
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5-0 out of 5 stars Skillfully surveys the two thousand year military history
Nomadic Empires: From Mongolia To The Danube by French academician Gerard Chaliand (Director, The European Center for the Study of Conflicts - Paris) skillfully surveys the two thousand year military history and geopolitical phenomena that was the reality and legacy of the Mongol Empire of Genghis-Khan and his heirs (5th Century BCE to 15th Century CE) which spread out over Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. A wealth of carefully researched dates, descriptive interplay of sweeping forces, and close dissection of the organizational, strategic, and psychological military techniques employed in conquest that changed history are combined in an informed and informative text. Nomadic Empires is a strongly commended addition to academic library reference collections and inherently fascinating reading for any non-specialist general reader with an interest in world history. ... Read more

14. Qaidu and the Rise of the Independent Mongol State In Central Asia
by Michal Biran
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4-0 out of 5 stars A Missing Link
The Mongol states of both Persia and China have received extensive coverage since the time of their conception, no less from mediaeval scholars than from academics from various fields today. Primary sources from these two great regions are rich and detailed and to this day are still providing researchers with ample material for investigation. Michal Biran has bravely chosen an area for her vigorous research which lay between these two great power blocs and selected a figure who up until now has often been ignored or underestimated. Her welcome study of Qaidu Khan and the formative years of his Central Asian Khanate succeeds in establishing Qaidu as one of the major players in the reconfiguration of the Mongol Empire in the 13th century. One reason for this oversight which has led to Qaidu's marginalisation has been the lack of source materials written from within his own region. In contrast to the detailed chronicles composed in the courts of the neighbouring khanates, only one work is known to have been written from within Qaidu's territory, the 14th century Mulháaqat al-s®urahá of Jamal Qarshi. Most of the detail of Qaidu's life must be gleaned from the sources written in the neighbouring Toluid states, Mamluk Egypt, the Caucasus or from travelogues compiled by European travellers. Unfortunately most of these sources especially the Persian and Chinese material are partisan and betray their hostility toward the ambitious prince, viewing Qaidu as a rebel and an enemy. Where the writers have a more objective view as is the case with the Armenian and Mamluk chroniclers their details are sketchy and their reports imply that Qaidu's territory and political manoeuvring are distant from their concerns. Even travellers like Marco Polo who included a chapter on 'King Caidu' in his narratives were more concerned with grander matters to the east or south and did not grant the Ögödeid aspirant his full dues. Faced with these formidable obstacles Michal Biran has performed an admirable and meticulously accomplished task. Armed with an enviable knowledge of languages including Persian, Arabic and Chinese she has been able to retrieve an impressive amount of data from a wide range of sources and to present a convincing and radically new portrait of this remarkable mediaeval Mongol potentate. In her book Biran correlates the various sources and succeeds in building not only a rounded picture of Qaidu, his deeds and motivation but presents a picture of the internal administration of his state in its formative stages and the relationship of this state with the rest of the Mongol world. She is able to show that Qaidu's driving motivation was not as some would have it, to acquire the mantle of the Qa'an, nor to promote the return to the traditional values of the nomadic lifestyle and culture of the steppes in contrast to the 'progressive' sedentary regimes of the Il-Khans or the Yuan. Qaidu's motivation for seeking power, Biran convincingly argues, was to redress the wrongs done to his own branch of the royal family, the Ögödeids. He sought to establish a state representing the house of Ögödei which was at least equal in status to and commensurate with the other Mongol states. Such was his stature and political dexterity backed by military aptitude that he was able to achieve to some degree these aims in his own lifetime. However, lacking their father's prestige and genius his sons were unable to sustain these considerable achievements and within ten years of his death in 1301 they had lost much of their political power and the Mongol state over which they ruled became known to history as the Chaghadaid Khanate. Michal Biran traces Qaidu's rise from his birth in 1235 in Ögödei's ordu, through his first territorial base in Qayaliq and then details the intrigues and manoeuvring following the Qa'an Möngke's death in 1259. She shows how Qaidu was able to manipulate other such Mongol princes as Baraq to serve his own ends and that he was not averse to switching allegiances when it might suit his own purposes. Qaidu's confrontation with the Qa'an, Qubilai, which became not only a political conflict between the house of Tolui and the house of Ögödei but also one of personal enmity between the two men, is analysed in depth and the varied effects that the antagonism with the Il-Khans of Persia had on trade links and political exchanges between China and Iran are clarified. The decisive role of the Jochids in Qaidu's rise even though eventually this was to result in the cessation of Jochid control over Transoxiana is highlighted and the commercial contacts with the Mamluks of Egypt are recognised. After carefully collecting, analysing and interpreting all the diverse sources, Michal Biran is also able to plot the shift of Qaidu's kingdom into a state dominated by the Chaghadaids and the collapse of his Ögödeid regime after his death. The nature of his state and its internal administration is not overlooked and ample space is found for careful consideration of the role of the army, religion and the economy in the formation and development of the Ögödeid polity. Lacunae remain but they are unambiguously acknowledged and their individual significance is reduced by Biran's ability to draw on so many different independent sources. Michal Biran's study of Qaidu is complemented by a treasure-trove of detailed notes and references, a healthy bibliography, simple but perfectly adequate maps, a glossary of Chinese terms and a most welcomely comprehensive collection of genealogical tables. Though regrettably the forty-six pages of enticing notes are clumped together at the end of the book rather than positioned so much more conveniently as footnotes, they are fully reflective of the amount of work and painstaking research that must have gone into this short but comprehensive study. ... Read more

15. Dee Mack Williams. Beyond Great Walls: Environment, Identity, and Development on the Chinese Grasslands of Inner Mongolia.(Book Review) : An article from: China Review International
by Elizabeth Endicott
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Title: Dee Mack Williams. Beyond Great Walls: Environment, Identity, and Development on the Chinese Grasslands of Inner Mongolia.(Book Review)
Author: Elizabeth Endicott
Publication: China Review International (Refereed)
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16. Changing Inner Mongolia: Pastoral Mongolian Society and the Chinese State.(Bibliography) : An article from: Journal of Contemporary Asia
by Geoffrey C. Gunn
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This digital document is an article from Journal of Contemporary Asia, published by Journal of Contemporary Asia Publishers on March 1, 2003. The length of the article is 2991 words. The page length shown above is based on a typical 300-word page. The article is delivered in HTML format and is available in your Digital Locker immediately after purchase. You can view it with any web browser.

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Title: Changing Inner Mongolia: Pastoral Mongolian Society and the Chinese State.(Bibliography)
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17. The Mongol Mission: Narratives and Letters of the Franciscan Missionaries in Mongolia and China in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries (Makers of Christendom.)
by Christopher Dawson
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18. Modern Mongolia: Reclaiming Genghis Khan
by Paula L. W. Sabloff
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5-0 out of 5 stars A slim book with LOTS of heart...
Modern Mongolia: Reclaiming Genghis Khan is a lovely book, in four parts,with lots of color pictures. The first part called, 'My Mongolia', tells about Mongolia, the people, places and their history up to the 1900s. The second part, titled 'The Twentieth Century: From Domination to Democracy', tells the story of Mongolia under the China and, later, Russia's control. The third chapter is called 'Deel, Ger and Altar: Continuity and Charge in Mongolian Material Culture' which shows us the changes in what the people used, lived in and wore (sometimes based on what they had and sometimes based on what they were ALLOWED to have). The last part is called 'Genghis Khan, Father of Mongolian Democracy' and shows that, while Mongolians did not have Democracy under Khan, they did have many democratic principles even before Genghis Khan showed up. Under the Khan many of this ideas (rule by law, equality of citizens, participatory government and human rights) were made more powerful by the fact that he united them and made them independent from outside powers. Genghis Khan is a Founding Father ANY nation could be proud of. AT least he had all his teeth and didn't wear a white wig!
The book itself was written by four authors who used a mixture of fact and first person accounts to make a book that you can tell they all enjoyed making. The only thing missing is a copy of the Mongolian constitution. But I did like the beginning of the preamble which they showed in the book:

"We the people of Mongolia...." Always a good start! ... Read more

19. Mongolian Music, Dance, & Oral Narrative: Performing Diverse Identities
by Carole Pegg
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This book celebrates the power of music, dance, and oral narrative to create identities by imaginatively connecting performers and audiences with ethnic and political groupings, global and sacred landscapes, histories and heroes, spirits and gods.

Three distinct cultural eras of Mongolian society are represented. Many Mongols are now performing publicly the diverse traditions of Old Mongolia that they practiced in private following the communist revolution of 1921; some are perpetuating the Soviet transformations of those traditions introduced prior to 1990; and yet others are dipping their curly-toed boots into new performance arts as they revel in musical encounters on the global stage. By highlighting the sheer variety of repertories, this book illustrates the rich diversity of Mongolia's peoples and performance arts.

An accompanying compact disc contains musical examples linked to the text. ... Read more

20. A History of Russia, Central Asia and Mongolia: Inner Eurasia from Prehistory to the Mongol Empire (History of the World , Vol 1)
by David Christian
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4-0 out of 5 stars Strong overall
This book is the only book to deal with the lands in question (Inner Asia) so thoroughly. I feel as if a large gap in my knowledge of history has been at least partially filled (there is always more to learn). Not that I'm without my complaints: the maps are few and far in between, the photographs poorly done. Sometimes, the book was downright boring, but that's to be expected with such an extensive book.

If you want to learn about the dynamic relationship between argricultural civilizations and pastoralist civilizations, read this book. It does leave some questions unanswered though. Such as, why did new tribes replace old tribes (ex: the Goths in Hungary, being pushed out by the Huns, who were pushed out by the Magyars)? What were the relative populations of the time? What was the relative demand for the goods of the steepe peoples? What was the trade balance between steppe and agricultural peoples?

Despite the questions, the book was worth the read.

1-0 out of 5 stars A waste of paper, time and money
As an archaeologist working on the archaeology of North East Asia, I found this book a very big disappointment. Then again what should I expect from a historian whose speciality is the 18th and 19th century history of Russia?

The author draws heavily on secondary works in English, German, French and Russian. Instead of depending on those, he should have gone directly to the archaeological site reports and the historical annals themselves. Its also sad to see a synthesis on Russia and Central Asia that relies heavily on the works of English language scholars and ignoring the Russian and Mongolian language scholars. In terms of some of his English secondary sources, ones like Davis-Kimball et al. (NOMADS OF THE EURASIAN STEPPE) and Barfield's PERILOUS FRONTIER are still in print and available from AMAZON.COM.

Production values in this book are also uneven. The photographic reproductions in many cases are also poorly scanned copies (see for example p. 53, 214 in the paperback version). The publisher should have done a better job.

My advice: you can do a lot better (try the two suggestions above)

4-0 out of 5 stars Superb
The life and times of Chingghis Khan were brilliantly written and I could recommend this book for the last 2 chapters alone. The rest of it was very good. Be prepared to re-read chapters if, like me, you weren't exposed to these regions in history. There are elements here important to scholars of China and Byzantium as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply fascinating
In these days of specialist books it is virtually impossible to find scholarly works that cover a broad spectrum of history. Inner Eurasian pre-history spans the history of a large part of mankind itself. It is home of the Indo-Europeans, a linguistic group that spread in pre-historic times to India, Iran, Asia Minor and Europe.

The impact of the warrior tribes from the Steppe lands - such as the Huns, the Goths, Vandals, Alans and the all-important Mongols - shattered some of the world's greatest empires. David Christian does a marvelous job explaining it all to us, while keeping the scholarly element intact throughout. It is a book I would recommend wholeheartedly to anyone interested in the general history of mankind.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Delight to read
This work is authoritive, detailed and were needed succinct, and to the point, with excellent references for further investigation. The use of charts, and illustrations give the detail needed to illustrate the information being refered too. I am looking forward to Volume 2 with great anticipation ... Read more

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