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Historical Dictionary of Mongolia

Historical Dictionary of Mongolia Inner Asia 1 (1999): 131–133 Reprinted 2008 © Global Oriental Ltd Book Review Alan J.K. Sanders Historical Dictionary of Mongolia Lanham, MD. and London: Scarecrow Press, 1996 ISBN: 0-8108-3077-9 This is a rather odd book. In many respects, it represents an impressive piece of scholarship and a valuable work of reference. In other respects, however, it reveals a bewildering choice of topics, both of those included and those left out. At first glance, the work holds out great promise, including, in addition to the dictionary proper, a chronology, a fairly thorough bibliography (with a welcome emphasis on Mongolian sources), and six appendices including the 1992 constitution and the law on foreign investment of 1993. Yet on a closer reading, the book leaves me somewhat disoriented. Let me start with the title of this volume itself. The book is one in a series of ‘Asian historical dictionaries’. But as Sanders himself notes, this particular dictionary focuses on ‘the period of nascent democracy since 1990’ and aims to provide answers to ‘a good many of the questions that someone interested in modern Mongolia might ask’ (p. 4). The book both does and does not succeed on this count. If you http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Inner Asia Brill

Historical Dictionary of Mongolia

Inner Asia , Volume 1 (1): 131 – Jan 1, 1999

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Publisher
Brill
Copyright
© 1999 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1464-8172
eISSN
2210-5018
DOI
10.1163/146481799793646394
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Inner Asia 1 (1999): 131–133 Reprinted 2008 © Global Oriental Ltd Book Review Alan J.K. Sanders Historical Dictionary of Mongolia Lanham, MD. and London: Scarecrow Press, 1996 ISBN: 0-8108-3077-9 This is a rather odd book. In many respects, it represents an impressive piece of scholarship and a valuable work of reference. In other respects, however, it reveals a bewildering choice of topics, both of those included and those left out. At first glance, the work holds out great promise, including, in addition to the dictionary proper, a chronology, a fairly thorough bibliography (with a welcome emphasis on Mongolian sources), and six appendices including the 1992 constitution and the law on foreign investment of 1993. Yet on a closer reading, the book leaves me somewhat disoriented. Let me start with the title of this volume itself. The book is one in a series of ‘Asian historical dictionaries’. But as Sanders himself notes, this particular dictionary focuses on ‘the period of nascent democracy since 1990’ and aims to provide answers to ‘a good many of the questions that someone interested in modern Mongolia might ask’ (p. 4). The book both does and does not succeed on this count. If you

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