Ghengis-Khan and the European Tatar-Mongols: A Three Part Course with Dr. Nina Wieda

Ghengis-Khan and the European Tatar-Mongols: A Three Part Course with Dr. Nina Wieda


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In 1206 AD, Ghengis-Khan proclaimed himself the ruler of all Mongols and began the conquest that changed the face of the world for the next 300 years. The clan leader and his successors built an empire that reached from the Pacific Ocean to what is now present-day Hungary and once ruled over many unique cultures – Chinese, Islamic, Iranian, Central Asian, and nomadic peoples.

Our three-part course begins by providing historical background on the Medieval cultures of Europe and concludes with an analysis of the ways in which the Tatar-Mongol empire impacted European societies–in ways that we still see and feel today. 

Led by an expert on Eurasian history, Nina Wieda, this course will illuminate the political and cultural impact of Ghengis-Khan's domination of Europe. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased ability to recognize the legacy of Tatar-Mongol rulers throughout present-day cities across the continent. 

Lecture One – Setting the Stage for the Mongol Invasion
Our first discussion will provide historical background and contextualize the rise of the Empire. We will examine the geo-political structure of Medieval Europe on the eve of Ghengis-Khan's invasion, learn how he came into power, and study the first years of the conquest.

Lecture Two – Aftermath of the Invasion
Our second week together will illuminate the ways in which Ghengis-Khan's invasion (and the subsequent 300-year-long Mongol domination) changed the face of Europe. We'll consider physical artifacts and political outcomes that we can still see today.

Lecture Three – Tatar-Mongols that Remained in Europe
Our final conversation will focus on parts of the Mongol army that stayed behind in Europe and became the foundation of populations that still live there today. One of those populations is the Crimean Tatars, whose Khanate (1441 - 1783) became the longest-lived of the khanates that succeeded the Golden Horde empire. Another is Kalmyks, whose autonomous republic of Kalmykia remains the only Buddhist political entity in Europe.

Nina Wieda is a native of the Caucasus living in Chicago, USA. She holds a Ph.D. in Slavic from Northwestern University and an MA in Nationalism Studies from Central European University. Nina also has experience in journalism, advertising, and consumer research – her writing has been published in three languages. She wrote her Master's thesis about the Northern Caucasus region. Dr. Wieda currently teaches at Northwestern University near Chicago.

How does it work?
This is a three-part series held weekly and hosted on Zoom. Please check the schedule for the specific dates and times for each lecture. 

When will I receive the Zoom link?
Your link to enter the Zoom room will be the same for all three sessions. It will be sent to the email address used to place your order 30 minutes prior to each lecture's start time.

Is there a reading list in advance?
Though the course is open to participants with no background on this topic, there are suggested readings for further investigation. These will be provided at the course's conclusion.

How long are the lectures?
Each lecture is 90 minutes long with time for Q&A.

How much is the course?
The course is $105 USD for three lectures.

Is a recording available?
Yes. All registered participants will be sent a recording link within 48 hours of each session's conclusion. The recordings will be available to re-watch up until 14 days after the course's conclusion.

Are there additional Context seminars and courses being led by Dr. Wieda?
Yes!  Dr. Wieda will be leading several virtual experiences in the coming weeks. Details are available here.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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