More than a year since I started my new position as an Assistant Professor (yeah!), and almost two years since I updated my C.V. (sadly, not too much to add). But more importantly, I've come to realize why so many of my colleagues stopped updating their personal homepages after getting on more permanent positions. First … Continue reading The Other Side
TL;DR SummaryTax policies and regulations are messy, yes, but let's try to make sense of these messy regulations in the Mongol-Yuan dynasty by focusing on how these policies were negotiated among the different parties - the empire, religions and other historical factors. https://doi.org/10.1163/15685209-12341503 Formal Summary...JESHO doesn't require summaries, so I don't have one!
TL;DR summary. Rashid al-Din (or whoever was in charge of this part), screwed up really hard. Dead people suddenly are alive, the timeline makes little sense, general statements of qualification become "stats" of Möngke Qa'an and etc. Hey, but if you don't pay too much attention, the screwed-up story makes Möngke look great...so... it works? … Continue reading Article (in Korean): Identifying Bias in Rashid al-Din’s Collected Histories －A Re-examination of Möngke Qa’an’s Succession－
1. My first meeting with Professor Spence was in March 2008, before starting my graduate studies at Yale. The meeting was part of the Campus Visit Day program for the admitted graduate students. Well, not really. A meeting with him was not part of the official program; Professor Spence was supposed to be leaving for … Continue reading In memory of Professor Jonathan Spence