‘A Pox on the Pax!’ A survey of the Pax Mongolica through Persian, Near Eastern and European sources

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‘A Pox on the Pax!’ A survey of the Pax Mongolica through Persian, Near Eastern and European sources

Type: Research master thesis
Title: ‘A Pox on the Pax!’ A survey of the Pax Mongolica through Persian, Near Eastern and European sources
Author: Jones, Tobias
Issue Date: 2017
Keywords: Mongols
Pax
Persia
China
Europe
Rashid al-Din
conquest
Abstract: This paper seeks to unpick what the term Pax Mongolica actually means and to decide whether or not it is a suitable term to be used in a historical sense. A brief look at the historiographical context for this term and how the Mongols' public image has begun to change precede an analysis of sources from across the Mongol world in order to try to find out what Mongol rule meant to contemporaries. Tackling this issue via Persian, European, and non-Muslim sources from Armenia, Georgia and Iraq helps to provide a balanced view of the Mongols across time and space. Each chapter looks at a collection of sources for a picture of initial Mongol destruction to see how far territories under their control could have recovered, before moving on to address the burdens and benefits of Mongol rule for those they conquered. The chapters then end with a quick look at travel and trade (the pillars which Pax Mongolica is built on) across various regions and time periods. An analysis of each set of sources follows per chapter, with potted source studies to begin with for a frame of reference. Finally, a broader overview determining the existence or extent of Pax Mongolica is provided in the conclusion with some suggestions with how to move forward in the historical discourse.
Supervisor: Van den Berg, Gabrielle
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Middle Eastern Studies (Research master)
ECTS Credits: 25
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/50413
 

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