Stefan T. Kamola
Advanced seminar examining central issues in historiography. Emphasizes reading, discussion, and writing.
This course examines the history of the Mongol Empire and its successor states across Eurasia (roughly 12th-14th centuries). After a survey of political history, the course turns to a number of thematic units, examining the military, administration, religious and social policies, and internal and foreign relations of the Mongol Empire, as well as its legacy in each of the major cultural areas that it influenced. Students will present and write on historical topics and various modes of historical inquiry practiced by medieval and modern scholars.
Student learning goals
General understanding of Mongol imperial history.
Introduction to the historiography of the Mongols in various cultural realms.
Research and presentation in topical subjects of the student's choice.
Examination of a trans-Eurasian historical event through the lens of individual academic interests.
General method of instruction
Discussion of primary and secondary sources; student presentations; lectures.
Survey of Chinese, Russian, Persian, and/or Central Asian history beneficial. No background in Mongol history required.
Class assignments and grading
Regular reading for discussion; one short paper to be used as the basis for an in-class presentation; group preparation to lead one class discussion; final paper to incorporate and expand on student's work throughout quarter.
Roughly 55% writing; 45% participation and presentation.