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Women of the Mongol Court
Morris Rossabi

These edited notes were taken from a lecture by Morris Rossabi, presented as part of the lecture series in conjunction with Mongolia: The Legacy of Chinggis Khan, an exhibition at the Denver Art Museum.

This material includes reasons for successful Mongol expansion, the role of Mongol women during the conquest, and the significance of the Mongol conquest in world history. It is good to keep in mind that modern Mongolia is three times the size of France and has a population of 2.2 million people. Professor Rossabi teaches at Queens College and Columbia University and is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of World History. He reads thirteen langauges and does research in nine of them. These notes were transcribed by Heidi Roupp from his lecture. Inaccuracies are hers, not Professor Rossabi's.

The most important accomplishment of Chinggis Khan was uniting the Mongols not so much by conquest but by bringing together Mongols who were scattered throughout the country in the desert of the south, in the steppe lands of Central Mongolia, and in the forested and mountainous regions along the northern frontier.