The Steppe and the Sea

In Thomas T. Allsen's analysis, pearls illuminate Mongolian exceptionalism in steppe history, the interconnections between overland and seaborne trade, recurrent patterns in the employment of luxury goods in the political cultures of empires, and the consequences of such goods for local and regional economies.

The Steppe and the Sea
Pearls in the Mongol Empire

Thomas T. Allsen

May 2019 | 240 pages | Cloth $45.00
History / Asian Studies
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Table of Contents

Note on Personal Names

Introduction

PART I. FROM THE SEA TO THE STEPPE
Chapter 1. Properties of Pearls
Chapter 2. Fishing and Processing
Chapter 3. Accumulation of Pearls
Chapter 4. Treasures and Treasuries
Chapter 5. Display and Redistribution
Chapter 6. A Consumer Culture
Chapter 7. Fecundity and Good Fortune
Chapter 8. Pearls After the Empire

PART II. COMPARISONS AND INFLUENCE
Chapter 9. Prices of Pearls
Chapter 10. Myths and Marketing
Chapter 11. Substitutes and Counterfeits
Chapter 12. By Land and by Sea
Chapter 13. Balance of Trade
Chapter 14. Sea Frontiers

Conclusion

List of Abbreviations and Primary Sources
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Acknowledgments