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The Mongol Empire in Global History and Art History

The Mongol Empire in Global History and Art History

Edited by Anne Dunlop

ISBN 9780674279162

Publication date: 05/30/2023

With the rise of projects to create global histories and art histories, the Mongol Empire is now widely taken as a fundamental watershed. In the later thirteenth century, the Mongol states reconfigured the basic zones of Eurasian trade and contact. For those they conquered, and for those who later overthrew them, new histories and narratives were needed to account for the Mongol rise. And as people, ideas, and commodities circulated in these vast and interconnected spaces, new types of objects and new visual languages were created, shifting older patterns of artistic production. The Mongol rise is now routinely cast as the first glimmering of an early modernity, defined as an ever-increasing acceleration in systems of contact, exchange, and cultural collision.

Yet what is at stake in framing the so-called Pax Mongolica in this way? What was changed by the Mongol rise, and what were its lasting legacies? It is the goal of essays in this book to address these and other questions about the Mongol impact and their modern role, and to make these debates more widely available. Contributors include specialists of Mongol history and historiography as well as Islamic, East Asian, and European art, writing on topics from historical chronicles to contemporary historiography, and case studies from textile production to mapmaking and historical linguistics.


  • The various contributions are of high scholarly standard, yet accessible to nonspecialists as well, and the combination of historical and art historical approaches, with a large role for material culture, is a valuable one.

    —Josephine van den Bent, Asian Review of World Histories


  • Anne Dunlop is Professor of Art History and Herald Chair of Fine Arts at the University of Melbourne. Her prizewinning publications include Painted Palaces: The Rise of Secular Art in Early Renaissance Italy; The Matter of Art: Materials, Practices, Cultural Logics, c. 1250–1750; and Antipodean Early Modern: European Art in Australian Collections, c. 1200–1600.

Book Details

  • 308 pages
  • 6-1/2 x 9-1/2 inches
  • Villa I Tatti