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A Mongol sighting
Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs is holding a Mongol pencil.
film  Mongol  pencils 
9 weeks ago by M.Leddy
姚大力 周六荐书 | 讲谈社《兴亡的世界史》

当今蒙古族的总人口,约有一千一百万人左右。其中有六百多万人生活在中国、三百二十多万人生活在蒙古国,另有八十多万生活在俄罗斯。

元朝(1260—1368)作为从蒙古帝国的分裂中产生的一系列继承国家之一,它的历史,自然就不能当作中国被一个外在于中国的政权所统治的一段殖民史来看待。这主要是因为建立元朝的蒙古族,其中大部分人口生活在今日中国版图之内,是属于今日中国的一个少数民族;并且元代疆域的绝大部分为今日中国所继承,元代的政治统治中心及其人口、经济和文化重心都位于今日中国境内。基于这样的理由,我们当然应该毫不动摇地肯定,元朝像汉—唐—宋—明一样,是属于中国历史上的一个王朝政权。所以元朝的历史,是构成中国自身历史的一个组成部分。

隋唐王朝的统治体制无疑有种种“胡化”影响的成分。但是支撑着当日国家的制度主体,包括对非郡县地区施行“羁縻”式间接统治的制度渊源,仍然是从秦汉继承下来,又经过改造和发展的专制君主官僚制体系。即便这两个王朝的帝室果真都出于胡族,这一基本的历史事实也无由改变。因此我们完全有理由以汉唐连称来标示汉文明在公元第一千纪的历史属性。说隋唐是汲取和融合秦汉、北魏及其继承国家的制度成分于一体的“中华帝国的典型”,恐怕要比武断地把它们归入“拓跋国家”系列更合乎历史的实相。

17世纪的日本已“与超越日、中、韩的‘世界’相遇”,幸得以在欧亚大陆被分割成几个“陆上强国”之时,走上建立“海上强国”的道路,从而“出人意料地和欧洲处于相似的状态”
book  review  china  mongol  tang  opinion  japanese  critic  asia  historiography 
11 weeks ago by aries1988
Invaders | The New Yorker
On marches when there wasn’t time to milk, Mongol riders would open a vein in their horses’ necks and drink the blood, either straight or from a pouch. Mongols were especially fond of fermented mare’s milk, called kumis.
Mongols also ate meat tenderized by being sat on beneath their saddles on long journeys; marmot steeped in sour milk; curds dried in the sun; roots, dogs, rats—almost anything, according to several observers.
during a siege of a Chinese city, a Mongol army ran out of food and ate one of every ten of its own soldiers. Mediterranean people who knew the Mongols only by reputation believed they were creatures with dogs’ heads who lived on human flesh.

Custom forbade them from ever washing their clothes. Also contributing to their smell might have been their diet, which at certain times of the year was mainly mare’s milk.

Sonam Gyatso, who became the Dalai Lama in 1543, set out on a missionary journey to Mongolia in 1577, performed many miracles on the way, and was greeted by the Mongols with rejoicing. In less than a generation, many Mongols had become Lamaists, renouncing not only warfare but all other violence, including hunting and hawking. Today the Tibetan Buddhists believe that the saintly Sonam Gyatso is alive in his latest reincarnation, in the person of Tenzin Gyatso, the current Dalai Lama, recently seen smiling beatifically in ads for a computer brand.

It is possible, therefore, that more than thirty-two million people in the world today are descended from Genghis Khan.

Like the sack of Baghdad, the Egyptians’ defeat of the Mongols was a moment at which history turned. As a result, Islamic culture in Cairo did not get crushed by the Mongols, and so for a time Egypt became the center of Islam; and the Mongols never extended their power beyond Asia into Africa.

Many Muslims believe that the Mongol destruction of Baghdad and of the caliphate was the worst misfortune ever to befall Islam. With it, the faith’s first period of flowering came to a decisive close (though its actual decline had, of course, begun earlier).
Historical speculations about what might have been if the disaster had never occurred go in various directions, some tending toward the wild. A book on Arab cultural identity published in the nineteen-fifties quoted a high official in the Syrian government who said that if the Mongols hadn’t destroyed the libraries of Baghdad, Arab science would have produced the atom bomb long before the West.
mongol  history  asia  middle-east  war  killing  irak  humor  islam  disaster  american  usa  anecdote 
12 weeks ago by aries1988
Mongol?
Sure looks like one.
comics  Mongol  Nancy  pencils 
july 2019 by M.Leddy
“Know the Answers”
A Mongol pencil, from Somewhere in the Night (dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1946).
film  Mongol  pencils 
june 2019 by M.Leddy
Mongols in a penholder holder
Mongols in a four-hole holder for penholders.
Mongol  pencils 
march 2019 by M.Leddy
A Mongol sighting
In Whatever Happened to Baby Jane
film  Mongol  pencils 
february 2019 by M.Leddy

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