Portrait of Emperor
Shih - tsu (Khubilai Khan)
|National Palace Museum
The era of Mongolian rule, spanning both the rise of the Mongolian Empire (1206-1259) and the Yuan Dynasty (1260-1368), saw the formation of the largest empire in history, extending from the eastern coast of China west across Central Asia, Persia and Russia. Following the fall of the Southern Sung in 1279, Khubilai Khan successfully unified all of China under Mongolian rule. In writing the history of the Yuan dynasty, Chinese historians have traditionally emphasized the influence that Chinese culture exerted on the Mongolians and other "foreigners" who dwelt in China at this time. However, modern scholars are increasingly beginning to examine the history of the period from a broader perspective that takes into account the new cultural models and systems brought into China by the Mongols and by the other Central and Western Asian ethnic groups that composed their multi-ethnic empire. In an effort to shed light on this alternative perspective, the Museum has organized the special exhibition Age of the Great Khan.
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