The Mongol Conquests in World History
The Mongol Empire can be seen as marking the beginning of themodern age, and of globalization as well. While communicationsbetween the extremes of Eurasia existed prior to the Mongols, theywere infrequent and often through intermediaries. As this new bookby Timothy May shows, the rise of the Mongol Empire changedeverything—through their conquests the Mongols swept away dozens ofempires and kingdoms and replaced them with the largest contiguousempire in history. While the Mongols were an extremelydestructive force in the premodern world, the Mongol Empire hadstabilizing effects on the social, cultural and economic life ofthe inhabitants of the vast territory, allowing merchants andmissionaries to transverse Eurasia. The Mongol Conquests inWorld History examines the many ways in which the conquestswere a catalyst for change, including changes and advancements inwarfare, food, culture, and scientific knowledge. Even as Mongolpower declined, the memory of the Empire fired the collectiveimagination of the region into far-reaching endeavors, such as thedesire for luxury goods and spices that launched Columbus’s voyageand the innovations in art that were manifested in the masterpiecesof the Renaissance. This fascinating book offers comprehensivecoverage of the entire empire, rather than a more regionalapproach, and provides an extensive survey of the legacy of theMongol Empire.