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How Mongolia Matters: War, law, and society, edited by Morris Rossabi

How Mongolia Matters: War, law, and society, edited by Morris Rossabi How Mongolia Matters: War, law, and society. Leiden: Brill. 2017. 200pp. £103. ISBN 978-90-04-34338-2 (hardback)An edited volume is a bit like an empire, in that its success may be measured by the extent to which it manages to incorporate disparate chapters and unite or ‘pacify’ them under a single theme. How Mongolia Matters rather pre-empts such an assessment and ensures its coherence by designating itself first and foremost a Festschrift to its editor, the esteemed Prof. Morris Rossabi. The scholarship of Prof. Rossabi has clearly influenced the research of the contributors, many of whom include personal dedications to the man and his work. Rossabi himself opens the volume by thanking the contributors for the gesture, but he asserts that, beyond being a Festschrift, the volume indeed has a common theme. According to the editor, then, the united purpose of the book is to counter a number of ‘widespread myths’ about the Mongols and their role in Inner Asian history (p. 2). Furthermore, in contrast to the many historical sources that present disparaging accounts of the Mongols and also the proliferation of romanticising revisionary histories that emerged in the 1980s, Rossabi states that the volume will be characterised by its http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Inner Asia Brill

How Mongolia Matters: War, law, and society, edited by Morris Rossabi

Inner Asia , Volume 20 (1): 3 – Apr 16, 2018

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1464-8172
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2210-5018
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10.1163/22105018-12340104
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How Mongolia Matters: War, law, and society. Leiden: Brill. 2017. 200pp. £103. ISBN 978-90-04-34338-2 (hardback)An edited volume is a bit like an empire, in that its success may be measured by the extent to which it manages to incorporate disparate chapters and unite or ‘pacify’ them under a single theme. How Mongolia Matters rather pre-empts such an assessment and ensures its coherence by designating itself first and foremost a Festschrift to its editor, the esteemed Prof. Morris Rossabi. The scholarship of Prof. Rossabi has clearly influenced the research of the contributors, many of whom include personal dedications to the man and his work. Rossabi himself opens the volume by thanking the contributors for the gesture, but he asserts that, beyond being a Festschrift, the volume indeed has a common theme. According to the editor, then, the united purpose of the book is to counter a number of ‘widespread myths’ about the Mongols and their role in Inner Asian history (p. 2). Furthermore, in contrast to the many historical sources that present disparaging accounts of the Mongols and also the proliferation of romanticising revisionary histories that emerged in the 1980s, Rossabi states that the volume will be characterised by its

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Published: Apr 16, 2018

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