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Epilogue: A Hypothesis on the East Asian Beginnings of the Yersinia Pestis Polytomy

Robert Hymes

Robert Hymes is H. W. Carpentier Professor of Chinese History at Columbia University. He received his BA from Columbia College (1972), and his MA (1976) and PhD (1979) from the University of Pennsylvania. Much of his work so far has focused on the social and cultural history of middle period and early modern China, drawing questions and sometimes data from cultural anthropology as well as history, and using the methods of the local historian to study elite culture, family and kinship, medicine, religion, and gender. His publications include Statesmen and Gentlemen: The Elite of Fu-chou, Chiang-hsi, in Northern and Southern Sung (Cambridge, 1987); Ordering the World: Approaches to State and Society in Sung Dynasty China (Berkeley, 1993, coedited with Conrad Schirokauer); and Way and Byway: Taoism, Local Religion, and Models of Divinity in Sung and Modern China (Berkeley, 2002). Both Statesmen and Gentlemen and Way and Byway won the Joseph Levenson Prize of the Association for Asian Studies for the best book on pre-1900 China in their years of publication. He is now working on two (he hopes) book-sized projects simultaneously: one on the notion of “belief” (xin) in the mentalités of middle-period China, and one on the origins of the Black Death in Central and East Asia, of which the present article is a preliminary product. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Medieval Globe : Pandemic Disease in the Medieval World: Rethinking the Black Death

Arc Medieval Press, 2014

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...The work of Cui et al. (2013)—in both dating the polytomy that produced most existing strains of Yersinia pestis and locating its original home to the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau—offers a genetically derived specific historical proposition...

Editor’s Introduction: A World Within Worlds? Reassessing The Global Turn in Medieval Art Histor

Christina Normore

Christina Normore is associate professor of art history at Northwestern University. She researches and teaches medieval art, with an emphasis on fourteenth- and fifteenth-century northwestern Europe. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Re-Assessing the Global turn in Medieval Art History : The Medieval Globe

Arc Humanities Press, 2018

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...This collection in The Medieval Globe aims to reassess the so-called global turn in medieval art history. Study of the migration of motifs, materials, personnel, and finished objects has a long pedigree within medieval art history, while...

A Camel’s Pace: A Cautionary Global

Bonnie Cheng

Bonnie Cheng is an associate professor at Oberlin College, where she holds a joint appointment in the Department of Art and the Department of East Asian Studies. She received her PhD in Art History from the University of Chicago. She is a specialist in funerary art from the Han through Tang; her research explores innovative technologies, artistic appropriation and exchange, and the nature of tomb space. Her work on murals, figurines, and stone funerary furniture has appeared in Archives of Asian Art, Ars Orientalis, and the Blackwell A Companion to Asian Art and Architecture (Wiley-Blackwell). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Re-Assessing the Global turn in Medieval Art History : The Medieval Globe

Arc Humanities Press, 2018

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...This essay interrogates the recent trend toward global art history and cautions against the uncritical embrace of “the global” as an analytical frame for premodern eras at the expense of historical...

Global Medieval at The “End of The Silk Road,” Circa 756 CE: The ShōSō–In Collection in Japan

Jun Hu

Jun Hu is Assistant Professor of East Asian art at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. In addition to his work on Nara, he has a forthcoming publication on Buddhist mural painting in early medieval China and is currently completing a book manuscript, tentatively entitled “The Perturbed Circle: Chinese Architecture and Its Periphery.” Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Re-Assessing the Global turn in Medieval Art History : The Medieval Globe

Arc Humanities Press, 2018

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...This article focuses on the Shōsō–in repository in Nara, a collection of artifacts that were fashioned in various media along the Silk Road. The repository first took shape in the mid–eighth century, when the personal collection of Emperor...

Wu Zetian Tang Empress (624-725)

Elisabetta Colla

Elisabetta Colla holds the following degrees: MA (Laurea) degree in Oriental languages and literatures, Ca’Foscari University of Venice; diploma in Chinese language and culture, former Beijing Languages Institute; MA degree in Asian studies, Faculty of Human Sciences of Oporto; and a PhD in Cultural Studies from the Faculty of Human Sciences of the Portuguese Catholic University, Lisbon. She is currently Assistant Professor at FLUL (School of Arts and Humanities, Lisbon University) and has written various articles and a dissertation on Macau. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Dr Elena Woodacre

Dr Elena Woodacre

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of the Global Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019

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...Perspective The Tang dynasty (618–907) is considered the Golden Age of Imperial China, a period that lasted almost three centuries, although interrupted by Wu Zetian Empress (Wu Zhao, 625–705, r. 690–705) who temporarily...

Trade Systems, 600–900: Tang China and the Abbasid Caliphate

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of the Global Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019

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...Theme Description In the world of early medieval trade, different regions assumed different roles in the transfer of commodities across Afro-Eurasia. The most dynamic regions served as engines driving production, exchange...

Soup For The Qa’Ans

George Lane

George Lane is Senior Teaching Fellow in the History of the Middle East and Central Asia at SOAS in the University of London. His previous books are Early Mongol Rule in Thirteenth-Century Iran, Genghiz Khan and Mongol Rule, Daily Life in the Mongol Empire and Silk Roads and Steppe Empires. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Short History of The Mongols

I.B. Tauris, 2018

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...The soup in question here refers to the title of a book, Yinshan zhengyao, which celebrates the culinary delights available at the court of the Yuan emperor. The dishes were representative of the many regions that fell under the sway...

Proto-Mongol Khitan Empresses and Emperor Dowagers in the Tenth to Early Twelfth Centuries

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of the Global Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019

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...Topic/event Description The Khitan, a people of proto-Mongol stock, moved as pastoral nomads in northeast China within the area drained by the upper reaches of the Liao River, from which their dynasty also took its name...

Qubilai Khan:Yuan Emperor Of The World

George Lane

George Lane is Senior Teaching Fellow in the History of the Middle East and Central Asia at SOAS in the University of London. His previous books are Early Mongol Rule in Thirteenth-Century Iran, Genghiz Khan and Mongol Rule, Daily Life in the Mongol Empire and Silk Roads and Steppe Empires. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Short History of The Mongols

I.B. Tauris, 2018

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...Qubilai Khan (also known by the temple name Shizu) was the fifth Great Khan of the Mongol Empire, from 1260 to 1294, and the founder of the Yuan dynasty in China.For a fuller account of Qubilai Khan see George Lane, ‘Khubilai (Qubilai...

Tales of the ‘Other’

David Waines

David Waines is Emeritus Professor of Islamic Studies at Lancaster University. He wrote the bestselling textbook 'An Introduction to Islam', now in its second edition, and edited a volume entitled 'Patterns of Everyday Life' in the Formation of the Classical Islamic World series. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Odyssey of Ibn Battuta : Uncommon Tales of a Medieval Adventurer

I.B.Tauris, 2010

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...In previous chapters we have explored themes that highlight the narrative of Ibn Battuta’s travels. The rather cumbersome title of The Travels, we recall, was Gift to Those Who Contemplate the Wonders of Cities and the Marvels...