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The Mongols’ Imperial Space: From Universalism to Glocalization

The Mongols’ Imperial Space: From Universalism to Glocalization

Lecture by Michal Biran

Held online by the Center for Global Asia, New York University, on December 3, 2020

Abstract: This paper seeks to explain how the Mongol imperial space was created, organized, and conceived by the Mongols and their subjects in the various realms. I stress the interplay between the Mongols’ universal vision during the heydays of Chinggis Khan and his immediate heirs, the construction of a “Chinggisid space,” and the revival of “glocal” (that is, local with global characteristic) spatial concepts in Mongol-ruled China and Iran. I conclude by assessing the impact of the Mongol Empire on the shaping of the post-Mongol imperial space.

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Michal Biran is a historian of pre-modern Inner Asia, China and the Muslim world and a member of the Israeli Academy of Science and Humanities. She is the Max and Sophie Mydans Foundation Professor in the Humanities at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and is the co-author of The Limits of Universal Rule: Eurasian Empires Compared (with Yuri Pines and Jörg Rupke. Click here to view her Academia.edu page.

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