In a thoroughly comprehensive manner, Helen Hundley successfully demonstrates the complex legacy of the Mongol presence in medieval history, when Mongol warriors created a vast political organism facilitating interethnic and intercontinental economic and cultural exchange. Hundley offers the reader not only insight into the political organization of the diverse Mongol realm, but also an eloquent discussion on the religious effects of Mongol policies as well as the role of women in dynastic interests. The usefulness of the text is manifold: it is helpful reference material for those who specialize in Asian Studies and the European Middle Ages and also teach world history with an emphasis on cultural interaction, and also serves a comprehensive introduction to the history of the Mongol Empire, accessible to general readership.
About the Author
HELEN HUNDLEY teaches about the Mongol Empire and Russian history at Wichita State University in Kansas. There she is a co-founder and co-director of the Certificate in Asian Studies program. In addition, for twenty years Professor Hundley was one of the teachers of the Siberian Studies course at the University of Kansas. In this course she focused especially on her expertise of the northern Mongols, known as Buriats.