Mongols From Country to City

Floating Boundaries, Pastoralism and City Life in the Mongol Lands

edited by Ole Bruun & Li Narangoa

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332 pp., illustrated
NIAS Studies in Asian Topics # 34
Available from NIAS Press worldwide




Ebook - 2011, Available
ISBN 978 87 7694 511 4, £37.99
Hardback - 2006, Available
ISBN 978 87 91114 41 0, £40.00


• Analyses cultural change not only in Mongolia but also in the wider Mongol lands in China and Russia.


• Brings focus and a wealth of new material not previously published to a previously sparse and fragmented field of study.


• Combines the work of several internationally recognized scholars with that of a group of young but innovative new scholars.


This volume examines the process of cultural change in Mongol societies since the early twentieth century by considering

1. the interaction of the basic structural features of pastoral nomadism in Mongolia with larger economies, both communist and capitalist;

2. the effect of deliberate cultural reconstruction (ranging from changes to the education system to purges and outright cultural destruction) on the conduct of the pastoral economy and;br>
3. the efforts of Mongols themselves to develop aspects of their own cultural identity under conditions of territorial partition, episodes of intense political repression, and (in the Russian and Chinese regions) very substantial immigration by non-Mongol groups.


In particular, this volume examines those modernization processes entailed in urbanization, secularization, industrialization, democratization and national identity formation. A central question is to what extent these take a different shape in a pastoral society as compared to an ’ordinary’
sedentary agricultural society.

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