Christopher P. Atwood :: Faculty
Associate Professor, Central Eurasian Studies
Ph.D., Indiana University, 1994
Current Doctoral Students
- Leland Rogers
- Wei-chieh Tsai
almost anything Mongolian, but currently I am focused on the intersection of lineage-building, state-building, and history-writing in the Mongol empire. I also have a strong interest, currently undeveloped, in seeing demographic, economic, and climate-historical methodologies applied to Mongolian history.
I am working on two manuscripts, both of which I hope will become books. One, titled The Campaigns of Chinggis Khan and the Veritable Records of the Mongol Emperors, is a translation and textual study of "Campaigns of Chinggis Khan", a Mongolian source which has survived only in Chinese and Persian translations, and its place in the historiography of the Mongol Yuan empire. The second, titled, The Tribal Mirage: Khans, Pastures, and Families in Central Eurasia is a social historical investigation that questions the idea of "tribes" and "kin-based society" among the nomads of the Eurasian steppes.
Courses Recently Taught
Encyclopedia of Mongolia and the Mongol Empire, (New York: Facts on File) 2004
"The Date of the 'Secret History of the Mongols' Reconsidered." Journal of Song and Yuan Studies 37 (2007), 1-48.
"Ulus Emirs, Keshig Elders, Signatures, and Marriage Partners: The Evolution of a Classic Mongol Institution" and "Titles, Appanages, Marriages, and Officials: A Comparison of Political Forms in the Zünghar and Thirteenth Century Mongol Empires" both in Imperial Statecraft: Political Forms And Techniques Of Governance In Inner Asia, Sixth-Twentieth Centuries, ed. David Sneath. Bellingham: Western Washington University, 2006, pp. 141-173 and 207-242.
"State Service, Lineage and Locality in Hulun Buir," East Asian History, no. 30 (Dec., 2005), 5-22.
Honors and Awards
- Member, School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton NJ, academic year 2006-07