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Nomads as Agents of Cultural Change: The Mongols and Their Eurasian Predecessors

Reuven Amitai and Michal Biran


Since the first millennium BCE, the nomads of the Eurasian Steppe have played a key role in world history, especially in adjacent sedentary regions: China, India, the Middle East, Eastern and Central Europe. Although the sedentary population often saw them as an ongoing threat, an imminent danger and “barbarians,” their impact on the sedentary cultures was far more complex than the raiding and devastation usually associated with them. The nomads were also facilitators and catalysts of social, demographic, economic, and—last, but not least—cultural change. Nomadic culture had a significant impa ... More

Keywords: nomads, Mongol empire, political culture, China, Eurasia, Islamic world, archaeology, cultural history, Silk Roads, migrations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780824839789
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824839789.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Reuven Amitai, editor
Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Michal Biran, editor