- Department: History
- Module co-ordinator: Dr. Dilnoza Duturaeva
- Credit value: 20 credits
- Credit level: I
- Academic year of delivery: 2023-24
By the end of the first millennium CE, a vast portion of Central Eurasia was controlled by nomadic powers that stretched from China to Europe. This was the beginning of “the age of the transregional nomadic empires” (Jerry Bentley) in world history that also includes the Mongol Empire (1206-1368) era, when the nomads reached their height in terms of influence on world history. This module focuses on the history of Central Eurasia before the Mongols and introduces main political and cultural patterns that took place in the region from the tenth to the early thirteenth centuries.
After a brief survey of geographic and geopolitical contours of Central Eurasia we will discuss the major cultural, religious, economic and political changes that occurred in the region. We will study the first Turko-Islamic dynasties that dominated in the territories from Northern India to the Volga region and from west China to Anatolia and explore the Non-Han dynasties of China. We will also take into account events and trends in the neighbouring regions (China, Arabia, Europe) and the influence of changes that took place in Central Eurasia on these areas from invasions and migrations to trade networks and cultural exchange. Our aim is to explore this history critically by reading and commenting on primary historical sources in different languages (mainly in Arabic, Persian, Turkic and Chinese), all available in English translation.
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The aims of this module are:
Students who complete this module successfully will:
Students will attend a 1-hour briefing in week 1. Students will then attend a 1-hour plenary/lecture and a 2-hour seminar in weeks 2-4, 6-8 and 10-11 of semester 1. Weeks 5 & 9 are Reading and Writing Weeks (RAW) during which there are no seminars. Students prepare for and participate in eight 1-hour plenaries/lectures and eight 2-hour seminars in all.
Seminar topics are subject to variation, but are likely to include the following:
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For formative assessment, students will complete a referenced 1200 to 1500-word essay relating to the themes and issues of the module. This will be submitted in either the Week 5 or Week 9 RAW week (on the day of the weekly seminar).
For summative assessment, students will complete an Assessed Essay (2000 words, footnoted). This will comprise 100% of the overall module mark.
Summative assessments will be due in the assessment period.
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Following their formative assessment task, students will typically receive written feedback that will include comments and a mark within 10 working days of submission.
Work will be returned to students in their seminars and may be supplemented by the tutor giving some oral feedback to the whole group. All students are encouraged, if they wish, to discuss the feedback on their formative work during their tutor’s student hours. For more information, see the Statement on Feedback.
For the summative assessment task, students will receive their provisional mark and written feedback within 25 working days of the submission deadline. The tutor will then be available during student hours for follow-up guidance if required. For more information, see the Statement of Assessment.
For term time reading, please refer to the module VLE site. Before the course starts, we encourage you to look at the following items of preliminary reading: