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Dr. David M. Robinson, Robert H.N. Ho Professor in Asian Studies, Professor of History, Colgate University - "Empire's Shadow: The Ming Court in Eurasia

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Stiteler Hall, Room B21

Talk abstract: The Ming dynasty (1368-1644) was one of a constellation of successor states to emerge out the collapse of the Mongol empire in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Polities and peoples in much of Eurasia wrestled with how to understand and exploit the legacy of the Mongol empire, which included memories of subjugation and conquest, continent-spanning institutional practices, networks of trade, broad diasporas, and a deeply altered geopolitical landscape. My talk examines how the Ming court navigated this challenging terrain in its exercise of rulership at home and abroad during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.
* CEAS Humanities Colloquium Series