LANDS FROM THE MON­GOL EM­PIRE

AN ON­GO­ING PROJECT, LANDSFROMT­HEMONGOLEM­PIRE PRE­SENTS A COM­PI­LA­TION OF VISUAL STO­RIES THAT CON­NECT THE LAND, CUL­TURE AND PEO­PLE OF EURA­SIA. FOL­LOW THE HIS­TOR­I­CAL LEGACY OF GENGHIS KHAN

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There­cent ex­hi­bi­tion Lands Fromthe­mon­golem­pire pre­sented a com­pi­la­tion of visual sto­ries that con­nect the land, cul­ture and peo­ple of Eura­sia that were linked by the for­mer Mon­gol Em­pire un­der Genghis Khan, the ruler who united the no­madic tribes of north­east Asia. His cam­paigns were often brutal. By the end of his life, the Mon­gol Em­pire oc­cu­pied a sub­stan­tial por­tion of Cen­tral Asia and China.

In­stru­men­tal in con­quer­ing large swaths of ter­ri­tory across the re­gion, Genghis Khan brought the Silk Road un­der col­lec­tive po­lit­i­cal con­trol, which in­creased trade be­tween the East and West. His em­pire stretched from the Caspian Sea to the Sea of Ja­pan by his death in 1227.

It was ex­panded fur­ther un­der his suc­ces­sors, as Mon­gol armies made their way into Per­sia, even­tu­ally tak­ing con­trol of all of China in 1279, and then push­ing into Rus­sia and east­ern Europe. This was the Mon­gol Em­pire at the height of its power, stretch­ing from the Pa­cific to the Mediter­ranean.

The vast ter­ri­to­ries were sub­se­quently frag­mented into four khanates: The Great Khan Khanate, which in­cluded China and Mon­go­lia; the Cha­gatai Khanate, which con­sisted of Cen­tral Asia, the Il-khanate, which cov­ered Per­sia, and the Golden Horde, which in­cluded Rus­sia and Siberia.

The uni­fi­ca­tion of China un­der Kublai Khan was an un­prece­dented pe­riod for the Mon­gols, whereby the great khan be­came the em­peror of the Yuan Dy­nasty. Trade flour­ished along the Silk Road, and Marco Polo trav­elled

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