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Eurasian Influences on Yuan China – Cross-Cultural Transmissions in the 13th and 14th Centuries
Workshop - Organisation: John Chaffee
Project co-directors: Ralph Kauz, Angela Schottenhammer, Tansen Sen, Mathieu Torck


Binghamton University, State University of New York.
Funded by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation


This workshop shall initiate a wide-ranging discussion of the many-faceted ways in which the cultures and peoples of Eurasia influenced China during the Yuan dynasty. In the thirteenth century, for the first time in Chinese history, a foreign people, the Mongols, subdued the whole of China and established their own dynasty, the Yuan (1260–1367), on Chinese territory. This "alien dynasty” has long been considered a "dark age” not only by contemporary Chinese intellectual elites but even by modern scholars.

The aim of this workshop is the identification of critical issues related to the connection between the Yuan dynasty and Eurasia, in particular the effects and impacts, both positive and negative, that it had on China. What kind of goods, ideas, technologies and people came to China from other parts of the Eurasian continent? What kinds of impact did they have in their "host country”, China? To what extent did such cultural, scientific, commercial or human "imports” change the face of China? In which ways were new ideas, traditions, products and technologies but also people adopted into local traditions and China’s social life or perhaps even substituted for China’s own traditions?

for further information see tentative program on the conference's website: program
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