The Mongol Yuan empire was not just a unique period in East Asian history, it was also a unique period in Eurasian history writing in which Chinese, Mongolian, Uyghur, Persian, and other historical traditions mutually influenced each other to form striking new examples of historiography. In this seminar, we will examine closely major monuments of Mongol Yuan history, including the Secret History of the Mongols, the Veritable Record of Chinggis Khan and its associated tradition, biographies and prosopographical collections, such the Yuanchao mingchen shilue, and the Jingshi dadian. We will also examine how encyclopedic collections (the Yuan shi and the Compendium of Chronicles were put together). Methodologically, the seminar will introduce textual cladistics, critical editions, source criticism, redaction criticism, form criticism, and other techniques for reading history. The relevance of Mongol Yuan era historiography to other periods of Chinese and Mongolian history will also be considered.
Section 301 - SEM
R 0300PM-0600PM