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THE MONGOL CENTURY: VISUAL CULTURES OF YUAN CHINA, 1271-1368. Shane McCausland. University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, 2015. First published in the U.K. by Reaktion Books Ltd, London, 2014. 296 pp. with 163 ills. (143 col.). 26 x 20 cm. LC 2014-32934 ISBN 9780824851453 In English.
Publisher's description: The Mongol Century explores the visual world of China's Yuan dynasty (1271-1368), the spectacular but relatively short-lived regime founded by Khubilai Khan, regarded as the pre-eminent khanate of the Mongol empire. This book illuminates the Yuan era - full of conflicts and complex interactions between Mongol power and Chinese heritage - by delving into the visual history of its culture, considering how Mongol governance and values imposed a new order on China's culture and how a sedentary, agrarian China posed specific challenges to the Mongols' militarist and nomadic lifestyle. Shane McCausland explores how an unusual range of expectations and pressures were placed on Yuan culture: the idea that visual culture could create cohesion across a diverse yet hierarchical society, while balancing Mongol desires for novelty and display with Chinese concerns about posterity. Although in recent years exhibitions have begun to open up the inherent paradoxes of Yuan culture, this is the first book in English to adopt a comprehensive approach.
Indexing: Non-Western (Traditional/Native Arts), Asia (Traditional) — China — Painting, Several Media
Plans: 71,54
Worldwide Number: 165715
Hardcover $65.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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