Volume and Number
Studies on East Asia, Volume 28
Download Full Text (55.2 MB)
Download Front Matter (4.2 MB)
Download Introduction (3.1 MB)
Download Chapter 1: Mongol Social Order (5.5 MB)
Download Chapter 2: The Gaochang Uyghurs (4.9 MB)
Download Chapter 3: Diaspora Uyghurs in the Early Mongol Empire (5.2 MB)
Download Chapter 4: Shifting Patterns of 'Semuren' Elite Engagement (3.6 MB)
Download Chapter 5: Xie Family Transitional Figures (4.4 MB)
Download Chapter 6: Resources and Strategies of Identity (6.1 MB)
Download Chapter 7: The Six Xie 'Jinshi" (8.3 MB)
Download Conclusion (1.9 MB)
Download Geneological Charts of the Lian and Xie Families (106 KB)
Download Back Matter (7.9 MB)
Center for East Asian Studies, Western Washington University
Subjects and Masters by Michael C. Brose answers the question, “Who really ran the Mongol empire?” The common stereotype of "leadership" during that period of world history most likely consists of a band of savage horse mounted nomads, led by the fearless and powerful Chinggis Qan, sweeping down from the steppe to conquer and rule with brutal force over the most powerful Eurasian empires of the time. But while the Mongol tribesmen were certainly effective in conquest and empire building, they could not have succeeded alone. In fact, the rapid conquests of Chinggis and his heirs, and the empire that they constructed across Eurasia, were achieved through the skills and efforts of many different peoples who collaborated (willingly or unwillingly) with the Mongol lords. Not only were the nomadic Mongol tribesmen few in number (especially relative to the large agrarian states they would ultimately conquer, China and Persia), but they also lacked the skills and experience needed to hold power over the long term.
Publisher (Digital Object)
Resources made available by the Center for East Asian Studies and Western Libraries, Western Washington University.
Uighur (Turkic people)--History--To 1500; Uighur (Turkic people)--Employment--China--History--Yuan dynasty, 1260-1368; Mongols--History--To 1500; Elite (Social sciences)--China--History--Yuan dynasty, 1260-1368
China--Politics and government--1260-1368
Mongol Empire, Uyghurs, Chinggis Qan, Mongolian history
Brose, Michael C., "Subjects and Masters: Uyghurs in the Mongol Empire" (2007). East Asian Studies Press. 1.
Copyright 2007, The Center for East Asian Studies, Western Washington University.