Travelling Across Late Mediaeval Eurasia: Travel, Curiosity and Knowledge in the Mongol Period

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This chapter offers a new, brief yet cohesive introduction to travel across Mongol Eurasia. It is usually assumed that this period resulted in the movement of relatively large numbers of people across vast distances. However, previous studies of this period have not adequately distinguished between different types of movement within the wider Mongol sphere. This essay seeks to develop a thorough discussion of the different forms of movement in this period, by interrogating texts of travel accounts through the lenses of curiosity, motives and redefinition of the self within a description of geographic and social spaces. It critically reconsiders the amount of trade carried out during the so-called Pax Mongolica, and it explores an array of examples of travel writings, penned by both European and intra-Asian authors.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPalgrave Series in Asia and Pacific Studies
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Publication series

NamePalgrave Series in Asia and Pacific Studies
ISSN (Print)2662-7922
ISSN (Electronic)2662-7930


  • Imperial history
  • Marco Polo
  • Medieval ethnography
  • Medieval trade
  • Mongol empire

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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