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HIST 347: The Mongol Empire (HC)

History 347: The Mongol Empire (Smith) Spring 2013

Finding Journal Articles

Journal articles provide in depth scholarly information.  They are vetted and improved by peer review.  They are usually fairly short in length and focused on discussing one specific issue.  The following indexes are good places to find journal articles about history.

Use the Find It button in these indexes to find out if the journal articles are available in the Tri-College libraries. If the journal is not listed in Tripod, use the Find It request form or the Interlibrary Loan Request Form on Tripod to have a copy of the article sent to you from another library.

Discipline-Specific Indexes

These indexes are particularly good for accessing the scholarly literature of specific disciplines, i.e., articles written by historians, Asian studies scholars, and literary scholars.

Examples of Journal Articles

Black Sea Emporia and the Mongol Empire: A Reassessment of the Pax Mongolica.

By: Di Cosmo, Nicola. Journal of the Economic & Social History of the Orient. Mar 2010, Vol. 53 Issue 1/2, p83-108

Abstract:  The term Pax Mongolica indicates a period of time (c. 1280-1360) during which Mongol domination seemingly guaranteed security on the Eurasian commercial routes. At this time the Italian maritime powers of Genoa and Venice established their commercial "emporia" on the Black Sea. This essay examines the links between Mongol-controlled continental Asia and Italian-controlled maritime trade by separating the sphere of interests of the Venetian and Genoese governments from the sphere of activities of private merchants, whose presence in China and Central Asia depended heavily upon Mongol support. The end of the Pax Mongolica had a different impact on both of these two spheres.


Deconstructing the myth of the Tatar Yoke.

By: Bilz-Leonhardt, Marlies. Central Asian Survey. Mar 2008, Vol. 27 Issue 1, p33-43.

Abstract:   Tatar yoke" is a term for the Mongol and Tatar rule over Russian principalities from the 13th to the 15th century. It has traditionally been viewed as the subjugation of a civilized, Christian people by barbaric nomads from the steppes. Revisionist history since 1991 has pictured the period in a more positive light. Tatar revisionists have declared that it was the Tatars and Mongols who civilized Russia, not the other way around. This has had a positive impact on Tatar nationalism and may help improve relations between the Russians and the some five million Tatars in the Russian Federation.


European Captives And Craftsmen Among The Mongols, 1231–1255. 

By: Guzman, Gregory G. Historian. Spring 2010, Vol. 72 Issue 1, p122-150

Abstract:  The article discusses the Europeans living in Mongol Asia in the mid-13th century as merchants and craftsmen, free and enslaved, who served as sources for the travel narratives of diplomatic envoys from Europe. Latin-language accounts are discussed by the following envoys from Western Christian rulers to the Mongols: Hungarian friars Riccardus and Julian, John of Plano Carpini, Benedict the Pole, C. de Bridia, Simon of Saint-Quentin, and William of Rubruck. It is found that in general, the Mongols granted safe passage to merchants, skilled craftsmen, and ambassadors, while enslaving European workers as needed. Simon of St Quentin (fl. 1245-48) was a Dominican friar and diplomat who accompanied Ascelin of Lombardia on an embassy which Pope Innocent IV sent to the Mongols in 1245.


Lords of the Auspicious Conjunction: Turco-Mongol Imperial Identity on the Subcontinent.

By: Balabanlilar, Lisa. Journal of World History. Mar 2007, Vol. 18 Issue 1, p1-39.

Abstract:   Reevaluating the scholarly and intellectual isolation with which India's Mughal empire has been treated, identifies the Mughals as direct descendants of Ghenghis Khan and Tamerlane (Timur). This study also explores the systematic manipulation of their Central Asian legacy through which the Mughals defined and defended their imperial identity and political viability on the South Asian subcontinent. In identifying and examining Mughal loyalty to Turco-Mongol institutions and traditions, the study positions the Mughal dynasty in the center of the early modern Islamic world as the direct successor of a powerful political and religious tradition.