ARTS010 History of Mongolia and steppe empires

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2020
Extent and Intensity
0/0/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Taught online.
Mgr. Michal Schwarz, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Ondřej Srba, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Michal Schwarz, Ph.D.
Asia Studies Centre - Faculty of Arts
Supplier department: Department of Vietnamese Studies - Asia Studies Centre - Faculty of Arts
Tue 16:00–17:40 J21
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Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is offered to students of any study field.
The capacity limit for the course is 150 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 84/150, only registered: 0/150, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/150
Course objectives
The main goal of this course is knowledge of chronologies and particularities in historical development of steppe empires of Inner Asia, including Mongolian period and Manchu expansion. The course is based on regular research stays in Asia, on grant projects and regular publications. Lectures are accommpanied with commentaries of original sources, own photographs, sharing of personal experience from fieldwork and (simultaneously translated) presentations of invited academic guests from Mongolia and other Asian countries.
Learning outcomes
At the end of this course a student will
- know the basic chronology of steppe empires and their political peculiarities
- orientate herself/himself in the historical geography
- be able to comment distribution and relations of ethnic groups
- know cultural development and religions of Inner Asia
- know the basic sources to the steppe empires, Mongolia and Inner Asia
  • 1) Geography and prehistory of steppe areas and Inner Asia - a summary of archaeological evidence and new genetic analyses
  • 2) Xiongnu Empire and following states in the steppe areas and non-Chinese dynasties in North China and Tarim Basin till 500 AD
  • 3) Tocharian and Iranian states in Xinjiang (Turfan, Kuča, Khotan) and in the west from Pamir (Bactria, Chwarezm)
  • 4) Expansion of Turkic and Uyghur Kaganates
  • 5) Religion in multi-ethnic areas of Central Asia and its spreading along the Silk Road
  • 6) Early Tibetan history and Tibetan expansion into Central Asia
  • 7) Development at the North-East borders of the Imperial China (Manchuria, Korea)
  • 8) Kitans, Jurchen, Tanguts (Xixia)
  • 9) Ethnogenesis of the Mongols, their expansion and formation of the Mongol empire
  • 10) Dividing of Mongol Empire, fragmentation of power among the members od Dayan Khan’s family, support of Buddhism in 16th and 17th centuries and later development of Mongolian khanates
  • 11) Manchu expansion and rule in China, Sinization of Manchu population
  • 12) Traditional tributary relations, authority of power and forms of submission in Inner Asia; transformation of the state structure in the 19th and 20th century
    required literature
  • SRBA, Ondřej and Michal SCHWARZ. Dějiny Mongolska. Vydání první. Praha: NLN, Nakladatelství Lidové noviny, 2015. 464 stran.
  • Tajná kronika Mongolů. Vyd. 1. Prah: Státní nakladatelství krásné literatury, hudby a umění, 1955. 279 s.
    recommended literature
  • Putování k Mongolům [1247] : Cesta Jana de Plano Carpiniho ke dvoru Kujuk-Chána (Obsaž.) : Cesta Viléma z Rubruku ke dvoru Mangu-Chána (Obsaž.) : Poselstvo k Tamerlánovi (Obsaž.). Praha: Státní nakladatelství krásné literatury a umění, 1964.
  • GROLLOVÁ, Ivana and Veronika ZIKMUNDOVÁ. Mongolové : pravnuci Čingischána. Vyd. 1. Praha: Triton, 2001. 231 s.
  • The Cambridge history of Inner Asia: the Chinggisid Age. Edited by Nicola Di Cosmo, Allen J. Frank and Peter B. Golden. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
  • The Cambridge history of Early Inner Asia. Edited by Denis Sinor. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990.
Teaching methods
lectures with presentation of photographs and original literary sources
Assessment methods
final written test focused on basic chronology - at least 50 % of correct answers is needed to pass the course
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses

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