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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Bold, B. (Bat-Ochiryn)
Mongolian nomadic society: a reconstruction of the 'medieval'
history of Mongolia
Published By: Original publisher
Richmond, Surrey [England]: Curzon. 2001. xvii, 204 p.
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HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2006. Computer File
Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis.
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
Annual cycle (221);
Pastoral activities (233);
Community structure (621);
Territorial hierarchy (631);
Taxation and public income (651);
External relations (648);
Prophets and ascetics (792);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This is a study of Mongolian nomadic society, which the
author argues constitutes a unique social system. Bold examines the constitutive economic,
social, political, and religious elements of nomadic society and its evolution from the
time of Genghis Khaan in the12th century to the Manchurian conquest in the 18th century.
Bold discusses how a herding, nomadic way of life was the only way for people to survive on
the steppe and how tribal organization best suited a lifestyle based on spatial mobility.
Bold points to long-term droughts as the impetus for migration and invasion of neighboring
sedentary societies. Worship of the 'eternally blue sky' also suited long-distance
migrations. Accoridng to Bold, the mobile herding lifestyle with its demands for
flexibility, independence, and initiative accounts for the Mongolian success at war. Bold
questions theories about Mongolian feudalism in a society in which there was no ownership
of land and herding was organized by multiple households working together
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Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection.
Ian Skoggard ; 2005
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