The extraordinary appearance on the stage of world history of the Mongols, whose empire stretched from China to Persia, Central Asia and Russia, is still mysterious. How was Chinggis Khan able to unify sparse nomadic groups of people and create one of the most efficient military machines in the Medieval world? Were environmental changes responsible for the political transformation of the Mongolian steppes?
Nicola di Cosmo, Professor in East Asian Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University, examines the relationship between society, environmental and politics and the possible effects of climate on the rise of Chinggis Khan.
Other lectures in this series:
Oct 5: First Emperor, Last King: The Creation of the Chinese Empire
Oct 12: Photography and the Uprising in India, 1857
Oct 19: The Mongol Empire between Ecology and History: Environmental Questions about the Rise of Chinggis Khan
Oct 26: Amid Three Empires: the Philippines Under Spain, the United States, and Japan, 1565-1946
Nov 2: TBA
Nov 9: China on the Global Stage: Arts of the Qing Empire
Nov 16: Retreat from Empire: Japan's Changing Choices in the Age of Encounter
Nov 23: History and Empire: A Comparative Look at Ottoman, Safavid Persian and Mughal Illustrated Manuscripts
Dec 7: Rethinking Japanese Empire of the 20th Century
SAM member series: $45
Nonmember series: $88
Series tickets are no longer available.
Individual lecture tickets are available at the door only. Names will be taken for the waiting list beginning at 9 am.
A free, on-site simulcast is available each week.