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Roots of Empire (2012)


Genghis Khan conquered a territory extending from Korea to the Balkans---the largest contiguous land empire in the history of the world. Yet little is known about how he rose from obscurity to lead an army that claimed more territory in 25 years than the Romans conquered in 400. To uncover clues to this puzzle, researchers are spearheading a multidisciplinary project bridging climate science, energetics, and history---part of a growing body of work connecting climate change to centuries-old societal and political shifts. That research could expand the climate record for a poorly understood region. Samples collected last year hint at an intriguing history that researchers say could overturn the prevailing wisdom on the Mongol empire.


Description Research on the Mongolian empire that connects climate change studies and historical studies of societal change and political shifts.

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Authors & Contributors
Cronin, Patrick
Bravo, Michael T.
Howkins, Adrian John
Dörries, Matthias
Randalls, Samuel
Edwards, Paul N.
Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change
Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Journal of Historical Geography
Climatic Change
Australian Journal of Politics and History
Ziran Kexueshi Yanjiu (Studies in the History of Natural Sciences)
Edwin Mellen Press
Polity Press
Palgrave Macmillan
Princeton University Press
Climate change
Climate and climatology
Science and politics
Science and society
Public policy
Traditional societies and cultures
Sagan, Carl
Ge, Quansheng
Time Periods
20th century, late
21st century
20th century
19th century
Great Britain
Arctic regions
United States
International Geophysical Year (IGY)
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
UK Committee on Climate Change

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