History | The Mongol Century
G300 | 21684 | C. Atwood


Above class carries culture studies credit. For undergraduates and
Education MA's only; meets with CEUS-R 393 and R593.

This course deals with the empire built by the Mongols in the 13th
century—the largest land empire in the world. Most readings will be
from translated primary sources of the 13th and 14th centuries,
written by the Mongols themselves and also by Persians, Chinese,
Eastern Christians, Europeans, and other peoples that fought,
surrendered to, or traded with the Mongol conquerors. The course
will explore the Mongols, the most spectacular example of the
nomadic conquerors who played such a large role in all Eurasian
history, and survey how their empire affected themselves and the
peoples they conquered. By using primary sources, the course will
also provide a survey of civilizations in Eurasia in the 13th and
14th centuries, and give a hands-on example of how historians build
historical knowledge from varied sources. Summary articles from my
Encyclopedia of Mongolia and the Mongol Empire will provide
orientation and context.
Exams and Course Requirements: There will be the following graded
assignments: two map quizzes, a chronology quiz, a genealogy quiz,
and four 5-page essays. There will also be a weekly one-two page
review of the reading which be graded on a pass-fail basis. The
reading reports and class attendance will be 20%; the four quizzes,
5% each; and the four essays 15% each. There are no term papers or
midterm/final exams.

Graduate Requirements:  Graduate students have additional required
reading, which will be discussed during four extra sessions of the
class (time and place TBA). Undergraduates are welcome also to do
this reading and attend the discussion sessions.  In addition
graduates will write a 12-18 page paper, due on Dec. 6.  Topics will
be chosen from a list of possible topics provided by the professor.
Graduate grade percentages are: reading reports/class participation,
20%; four quizzes, total 10%; four essays 10% each; paper 30%.

Readings: Four books (Dawson, ed., Mission to Asia; Latham, trans.,
Travels of Marco Polo, de Rachewiltz, trans., Secret History of the
Mongols, and Li Chih-ch’ang, Travels of an Alchemist) are available
for purchase at TIS and the IU bookstore. Juvaini’s History of the
World Conqueror is out of print and a copy is on reserve at the
library.

Web site: www.indiana.edu/~ceus/courses/mongol_conquest.shtml