Episode 3 – The Sources

Having returned from a fantastic trip to Japan and seen some very good and some not so good rugby, I have got my head down and completed the first episode in the Rise of Temujin series. This is likely to be a 3 or 4-part miniseries. The research is complete (as much as I ever feel it is complete) so this list will cover all the episodes that are eventually released.

As stated in Episode 3.1, the episodes will be released on a monthly basis theoretically giving me the time to get a head with the research for future episodes.

The primary sources in this list were looked at in preparation for each episode but may not have contributed to the final cut as many only offered confused or wrong versions of the early history of the Mongols and Temujin.

Whilst I prefer the physical copies of sources, many are out of copyright and can be found freely online.

Primary Sources

Bar Hebraeus’. 1932. Chronography. Translated by E. A. Wallis Budge. London.

Ibn Al-Athir. 2008. The Chronicle of Ibn al-Athir for the Crusading period from al-Kamil fi’l-ta’rikh. Part 3. Translated by D.S. Richards. Ashgate: Aldershot

Juvaini, Ata-Malik. 1997. Genghis Khan: The History of the World-Conqueror. Translated by J.A. Boyle. Manchester University Press.

Juzjani, Minhaj-ud-Din. [1881] 2010. Tabakat-i-Nasiri. Translated by Major HG Raverty. Low Price Publications, Dehli. 2 Vols.

Kahn, Paul. 1998. The Secret History of the Mongols: the origin of Chingis Khan. Cheng & Tsui: Boston.

Marco Polo. 1950. The Travels. Translated from the text of L.F. Benedetto by Professor Aldo Ricci. Routledge & Kegan Paul: London.

Rashiduddin Fazullah. 1998. Jami’u’t-Tawarikh: Compendium of Chronicles. Translated by W.M. Thackston. Harvard University. 3 vols.

Skelton et al. 1965. The Vinland map and the Tatar relation. Yale University Press.

Secondary Sources

Barfield, Thomas J. 1992. The Perilous Frontier: Nomadic empires and China, 221 BC to AD 1757. Blackwell: Oxford.

Biran, M. 2005. The Empire of the Qara Khitai in Eurasian History: between China and the Islamic World. Cambridge University Press.

Grousset, R. 1970. The Empire of the Steppes: a history of Central Asia. Translated by Naomi Walford. Barnes and Noble: New York.

Gumilev. L.N. [1987] 2009. Searches for an imaginary kingdom: the legend of the kingdom of Prester John. Translated by R.E.F Smith. Cambridge University Press.

Ratchnevsky, P. 1992. Genghis Khan. Bloomsbury, Oxford.

Rossabi, M. 2011. The Mongols and Global History. Norton: London.

Togan, I. 1998. Flexibility and limitation in steppe formations. Brill.

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